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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/201772
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Teen Perception of Barriers to Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Purpose:  An important question in evaluating the efficacy of a healthy lifestyle intervention program targeting adolescents is to determine how teens perceive their life experiences and their ability to lead healthy lifestyles.  This study describes teen awareness of barriers affecting their ability to lead a healthy lifestyle and identifies the most commonly reported barriers.   Background and significance:  Obesity and mental health problems are increasingly common among American adolescents and are often co-morbid conditions.  The efficacy of the COPE Healthy Lifestyles Teen Program, a school-based curriculum grounded in Cognitive Theory and targeting obesity and mental health problems among adolescents, is currently being evaluated in an NIH-funded prospective, randomized controlled trial.    Methods:  Baseline self-report data were collected from 493 teen participants, ages 14-17 years.  Participants were asked whether there were things in their life that prevented them from leading a healthy lifestyle.  Additionally, participants were asked to report specific barriers in their lives. Frequencies of responses were calculated and a content analysis of reported barriers to healthy lifestyles was conducted.    Results:  Nearly one third (28.6%) of teen participants reported having things in their life that prevented them from leading a healthy lifestyle.  The most commonly reported perceived issue preventing a healthy lifestyle was unhealthy eating habits. Other reported barriers include substance use, stress and mental health issues, poor exercise habits, unsupportive home environment, and a busy schedule.       Implications: Teens are aware of behaviors that constitute a healthy lifestyle. Identifying teen-perceived barriers to healthy lifestyle behaviors furthers an understanding of their ability to lead a healthy lifestyle. These findings will help to refine healthy lifestyle interventions and better address strategies to help teens overcome barriers in leading a healthy lifestyle.
Keywords:
Adolescents; Healthy lifestyle; Beliefs
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTeen Perception of Barriers to Living a Healthy Lifestyleen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/201772-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Purpose:  An important question in evaluating the efficacy of a healthy lifestyle intervention program targeting adolescents is to determine how teens perceive their life experiences and their ability to lead healthy lifestyles.  This study describes teen awareness of barriers affecting their ability to lead a healthy lifestyle and identifies the most commonly reported barriers.   Background and significance:  Obesity and mental health problems are increasingly common among American adolescents and are often co-morbid conditions.  The efficacy of the COPE Healthy Lifestyles Teen Program, a school-based curriculum grounded in Cognitive Theory and targeting obesity and mental health problems among adolescents, is currently being evaluated in an NIH-funded prospective, randomized controlled trial.    Methods:  Baseline self-report data were collected from 493 teen participants, ages 14-17 years.  Participants were asked whether there were things in their life that prevented them from leading a healthy lifestyle.  Additionally, participants were asked to report specific barriers in their lives. Frequencies of responses were calculated and a content analysis of reported barriers to healthy lifestyles was conducted.    Results:  Nearly one third (28.6%) of teen participants reported having things in their life that prevented them from leading a healthy lifestyle.  The most commonly reported perceived issue preventing a healthy lifestyle was unhealthy eating habits. Other reported barriers include substance use, stress and mental health issues, poor exercise habits, unsupportive home environment, and a busy schedule.       Implications: Teens are aware of behaviors that constitute a healthy lifestyle. Identifying teen-perceived barriers to healthy lifestyle behaviors furthers an understanding of their ability to lead a healthy lifestyle. These findings will help to refine healthy lifestyle interventions and better address strategies to help teens overcome barriers in leading a healthy lifestyle.en_GB
dc.subjectAdolescentsen_GB
dc.subjectHealthy lifestyleen_GB
dc.subjectBeliefsen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T10:52:02Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T10:52:02Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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