Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by Takashi Oshio, Frances Kay-Lambkin, David Rehkopf

This section aims to publish studies looking at the processes enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants and the actions taken by them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent illness. The section also welcomes studies looking at the social determinants of health.

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  1. Research article

    Formulation of evidence-based messages to promote the use of physical activity to prevent and manage Alzheimer’s disease

    The impending public health impact of Alzheimer’s disease is tremendous. Physical activity is a promising intervention for preventing and managing Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is a lack of evidence-base...

    Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Jennifer Heisz, John C. Spence, Ilana B. Clark, Jordan Antflick, Chris I. Ardern, Christa Costas-Bradstreet, Mary Duggan, Audrey L. Hicks, Amy E. Latimer-Cheung, Laura Middleton, Kirk Nylen, Donald H. Paterson, Chelsea Pelletier and Michael A. Rotondi

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:209

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  2. Research article

    Prevalence of intimate partner violence and abuse and associated factors among women enrolled into a cluster randomised trial in northwestern Tanzania

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) is recognised as an important public health and social problem, with far reaching consequences for women’s physical and emotional health and social well-being. Furthermore, cont...

    Saidi Kapiga, Sheila Harvey, Abdul Khalie Muhammad, Heidi Stöckl, Gerry Mshana, Ramadhan Hashim, Christian Hansen, Shelley Lees and Charlotte Watts

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:190

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Effect modification of social-context changes on mental disability in China from 1987 to 2006: a multi-level study of 1.9 million people

    Very little literature has explored how mental disability in China is connected with inequalities in social and environmental contexts. In the study described herein, we determine whether social-context inequa...

    Zhenjie Wang, Lihua Pang, Ning Li, Chao Guo, Gong Chen and Xiaoying Zheng

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:186

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Assessing the link between witnessing inter-parental violence and the perpetration of intimate partner violence in Bangladesh

    We aimed to examine the influence of witnessing father-to-mother violence on: 1) perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV); and 2) endorsement of attitudes justifying wife beating in Bangladesh.

    Md. Jahirul Islam, Mosiur Rahman, Lisa Broidy, Syed Emdadul Haque, Yu Mon Saw, Nguyen Huu Chau Duc, Md. Nurruzzaman Haque, Md. Mostafizur Rahman, Md. Rafiqul Islam and Md. Golam Mostofa

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:183

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  5. Study protocol

    Effectiveness of differing levels of support for family meals on obesity prevention among head start preschoolers: the simply dinner study

    Despite slight decreases in obesity prevalence in children, nearly 25% of preschool-aged children are overweight or obese. Most interventions focused on promoting family meals as an obesity-prevention strategy...

    Holly E. Brophy-Herb, Mildred Horodynski, Dawn Contreras, Jean Kerver, Niko Kaciroti, Mara Stein, Hannah Jong Lee, Brittany Motz, Sheilah Hebert, Erika Prine, Candace Gardiner, Laurie A. Van Egeren and Julie C. Lumeng

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:184

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  6. Research article

    Building social capital to promote adolescent wellbeing: a qualitative study with teens in a Latino agricultural community

    Latino youth, particularly in rural settings, experience significant disparities in rates of teen pregnancy and violence. Few data are available regarding social and structural influences on Latino youth’s dev...

    Marissa Raymond-Flesch, Colette Auerswald, Linda McGlone, Megan Comfort and Alexandra Minnis

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:177

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  7. Research article

    Association of socioeconomic, school-related and family factors and physical activity and sedentary behaviour among adolescents: multilevel analysis of the PRALIMAP trial inclusion data

    Social differences among adolescents in physical activity and sedentary behaviour have been identified but are not well explained. The current study aimed to identify socioeconomic, family and school-related a...

    Johanne Langlois, Abdou Y Omorou, Anne Vuillemin, Serge Briançon and Edith Lecomte

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:175

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  8. Study protocol

    HealtheSteps™ Study Protocol: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial promoting active living and healthy lifestyles in at-risk Canadian adults delivered in primary care and community-based clinics

    Physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of chronic disease in Canadian adults. With less than 50% of Canadian adults reaching the recommended amount of daily physical activity, there is an urgent need...

    Dawn P. Gill, Wendy Blunt, Cassandra Bartol, Roseanne W. Pulford, Ashleigh De Cruz, P. Karen Simmavong, Adam Gavarkovs, Ian Newhouse, Erin Pearson, Bayley Ostenfeldt, Barbi Law, Kristina Karvinen, Pertice Moffit, Gareth Jones, Cori Watson, Guangyong Zou…

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:173

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Declining rates of health problems associated with crack smoking during the expansion of crack pipe distribution in Vancouver, Canada

    Crack cocaine smoking is associated with an array of negative health consequences, including cuts and burns from unsafe pipes, and infectious diseases such as HIV. Despite the well-established and researched h...

    Amy Prangnell, Huiru Dong, Patricia Daly, M. J. Milloy, Thomas Kerr and Kanna Hayashi

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:163

    Published on: 3 February 2017

  10. Research article

    Smoking and heavy drinking patterns in rural, urban and rural-to-urban migrants: the PERU MIGRANT Study

    Previous studies have found mixed results about cigarette and alcohol consumption patterns among rural-to-urban migrants. Moreover, there are limited longitudinal data about consumption patterns in this popula...

    Alvaro Taype-Rondan, Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz, Germán F. Alvarado, Robert H. Gilman, Liam Smeeth and J. Jaime Miranda

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:165

    Published on: 3 February 2017

  11. Research article

    Qualitative process evaluation of an Australian alcohol media literacy study: recommendations for designing culturally responsive school-based programs

    Alcohol media literacy programs seek to mitigate the potentially harmful effects of alcohol advertising on children’s drinking intentions and behaviours through equipping them with skills to challenge media me...

    Chloe S. Gordon, Lisa K. Kervin, Sandra C. Jones and Steven J. Howard

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:155

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  12. Research article

    Local descriptive body weight and dietary norms, food availability, and 10-year change in glycosylated haemoglobin in an Australian population-based biomedical cohort

    Individual-level health outcomes are shaped by environmental risk conditions. Norms figure prominently in socio-behavioural theories yet spatial variations in health-related norms have rarely been investigated...

    Suzanne J. Carroll, Catherine Paquet, Natasha J. Howard, Neil T. Coffee, Robert J. Adams, Anne W. Taylor, Theo Niyonsenga and Mark Daniel

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:149

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  13. Research article

    How did the public respond to the 2015 expert consensus public health guidance statement on workplace sedentary behaviour? A qualitative analysis

    In June 2015, an expert consensus guidance statement was published recommending that office workers accumulate 2–4 h of standing and light activity daily and take regular breaks from prolonged sitting. This pa...

    Benjamin Gardner, Lee Smith and Louise Mansfield

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:47

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  14. Research article

    Pragmatic trial of an intervention to increase human papillomavirus vaccination in safety-net clinics

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection has been causally linked to six cancers, and many disproportionately affect minorties. This study reports on the development and effectiveness of an intervention aimed at i...

    Maureen Sanderson, Juan R. Canedo, Dineo Khabele, Mary K. Fadden, Cynthia Harris, Katina Beard, Marilyn Burress, Helen Pinkerton, Cynthia Jackson, Tilicia Mayo-Gamble, Margaret K. Hargreaves and Pamela C. Hull

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:158

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  15. Research article

    Mental health of African asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong: using the social determinants of health framework

    Hong Kong is non-signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, and has no systematic domestic policies committed to the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees (ASRs). This creates a tenuous se...

    William Chi Wai Wong, Sealing Cheung, Heidi Yin Hai Miu, Julie Chen, Kelley Ann Loper and Eleanor Holroyd

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:153

    Published on: 2 February 2017

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