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J Am Coll Health. 2013;61(2):88-94. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2012.753889.

Testing theoretical relationships: factors influencing positive health practices (PHP) in Filipino college students.

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School of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden, New Jersey 08102-1402, USA. cgayres@rutgers.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine variables influencing the positive health practices (PHP) of Filipino college students to gain a better understanding of health practices in this ethnic/racial group. Cross-sectional study tested theoretical relationships postulated among (a) PHP, (b) social support (SS), (c) optimism, and (d) acculturation.

PARTICIPANTS:

A sample of Filipino college students (N = 226) aged 18 to 21 was obtained in June 2009.

METHODS:

Participants completed 4 instruments. Statistical analyses were performed using SPSS 16.0.

RESULTS:

Positive correlations were found between PHP and SS (r = .39, p = .01) and optimism and PHP (r = .36, p = .01). No correlation was found between PHP and acculturation. Optimism and SS predicted performance of PHP (R (2) = .18, F[2, 221] = 24.927, p < .001). A difference was found in acculturation levels between participants who grew up in the United States (t[223] = 4.5, p < .001) and those who did not.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings help health practitioners and educators to better understand the underlying factors that influence PHP in this population.

PMID:
23409858
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2012.753889
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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