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

    The relationship between obesity and body compositions with respect to the timing of puberty in Chongqing adolescents: a cross-sectional study

    It is well known that excess adiposity during childhood may influence pubertal development. However, the extent to which body compositions vary in throughout puberty in boys and girls is currently unknown. The...

    Fang He, Peiyu Guan, Qin Liu, Donna Crabtree, Linli Peng and Hong Wang

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:664

    Published on: 18 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Australian adolescents’ beliefs and help-seeking intentions towards peers experiencing symptoms of depression and alcohol misuse

    Many young people are reluctant to seek professional help for mental health problems, preferring to rely on their friends for support. It is therefore important to ensure that adolescents can identify signs of...

    D. I. Lubman, A. Cheetham, A. F. Jorm, B. J. Berridge, C. Wilson, F. Blee, L. Mckay-Brown, N. Allen and J. Proimos

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:658

    Published on: 16 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Acute effects of reducing sitting time in adolescents: a randomized cross-over study

    Levels of sitting among adolescents are high, especially during the school day. The acute cognitive and health consequences associated with prolonged sitting are poorly understood in adolescents. This randomiz...

    Anisse Penning, Anthony D. Okely, Stewart G. Trost, Jo Salmon, Dylan P. Cliff, Marijka Batterham, Steven Howard and Anne-Maree Parrish

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:657

    Published on: 15 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Fatigue in the general population- associations to age, sex, socioeconomic status, physical activity, sitting time and self-rated health: the northern Sweden MONICA study 2014

    Fatigue is widespread in the population and a common complaint in primary care. Little is known about prevalence of fatigue in the population and its predictors.

    Isak Engberg, Johan Segerstedt, Göran Waller, Patrik Wennberg and Mats Eliasson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:654

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Development of the Adolescent Preoccupation with Screens Scale

    Although public health concerns have been raised regarding the detrimental health effects of increasing rates of electronic screen use among adolescents, such effects have been small. Instruments currently ava...

    Simon C. Hunter, Stephen Houghton, Corinne Zadow, Michael Rosenberg, Lisa Wood, Trevor Shilton and David Lawrence

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:652

    Published on: 11 August 2017

  6. Research article

    Adolescent alcohol use and parental and adolescent socioeconomic position in six European cities

    Many risk behaviours in adolescence are socially patterned. However, it is unclear to what extent socioeconomic position (SEP) influences adolescent drinking in various parts of Europe. We examined how alcohol...

    Marina Bosque-Prous, Mirte A. G. Kuipers, Albert Espelt, Matthias Richter, Arja Rimpelä, Julian Perelman, Bruno Federico, M. Teresa Brugal, Vincent Lorant and Anton E. Kunst

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:646

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  7. Research article

    Hospital admissions due to alcohol related disorders among young adult refugees who arrived in Sweden as teenagers – a national cohort study

    Psychological distress and lack of family support may explain the mental health problems that are consistently found in young unaccompanied refugees in Western countries. Given the strong relationship between ...

    Hélio Manhica, Karl Gauffin, Ylva B. Almquist, Mikael Rostila, Lisa Berg, Ainhoa Rodríguez García de Cortázar and Anders Hjern

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:644

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  8. Research article

    Condom use peer norms and self-efficacy as mediators between community engagement and condom use among Chinese men who have sex with men

    Community engagement strategies are often integrated in public health interventions designed to promote condom use among men who have sex with men (MSM), a key population for HIV prevention. However, the ways ...

    Haochu Li, Li Xue, Joseph D. Tucker, Chongyi Wei, Maya Durvasula, Wenqi Hu, Dianming Kang, Meizhen Liao, Weiming Tang and Wei Ma

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:641

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  9. Research article

    Promoting active travel to school: a systematic review (2010–2016)

    Interventions aiming to promote active school travel (AST) are being implemented globally to reverse AST decline. This systematic literature provides an update of AST interventions assessing study quality and ...

    Bo Pang, Krzysztof Kubacki and Sharyn Rundle-Thiele

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:638

    Published on: 5 August 2017

  10. Research article

    Cluster randomised trial of a school-community child health promotion and obesity prevention intervention: findings from the evaluation of fun ‘n healthy in Moreland!

    Multi-level, longer-term obesity prevention interventions that focus on inequalities are scarce. Fun ‘n healthy in Moreland! aimed to improve child adiposity, school policies and environments, parent engagement, ...

    Elizabeth Waters, Lisa Gibbs, Maryanne Tadic, Obioha C. Ukoumunne, Anthea Magarey, Anthony D. Okely, Andrea de Silva, Christine Armit, Julie Green, Thea O’Connor, Britt Johnson, Boyd Swinburn, Lauren Carpenter, Graham Moore, Hannah Littlecott and Lisa Gold

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:92

    Published on: 3 August 2017

  11. Research article

    Socio-cognitive correlates of intention to use Toombak: a cross-sectional study among students (13–16 years) in Khartoum State, Sudan

    Toombak is a form of smokeless tobacco, locally made and consumed in Sudan. It is associated with a number of health hazards, particularly oral cancer. This study was set out to assess the prevalence and socio...

    Hatim Mohammed Almahdi, Rouf Wahab Ali, Elwalid Fadul Nasir and Anne Nordrehaug Åstrøm

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:88

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  12. Research article

    Associations of cause-specific mortality with area level deprivation and travel time to health care in France from 1990 to 2007, a multilevel analysis

    It is now widely accepted that social and physical environment participate in shaping health. While mortality is used to guide public health policies and is considered as a synthetic measure of population heal...

    Walid Ghosn, Gwenn Menvielle, Stéphane Rican and Grégoire Rey

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:86

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  13. Research article

    National policies for the promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition in the workplace context: a behaviour change wheel guided content analysis of policy papers in Finland

    Health policy papers disseminate recommendations and guidelines for the development and implementation of health promotion interventions. Such documents have rarely been investigated with regard to their assum...

    Tuija Seppälä, Nelli Hankonen, Eveliina Korkiakangas, Johanna Ruusuvuori and Jaana Laitinen

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:87

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  14. Research article

    Patterns of participation over four rounds of annual fecal immunochemical test-based screening for colorectal cancer: what predicts rescreening?

    Participation at the recommended intervals is critical for screening to be effective in reducing colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence. This study describes patterns of screening participation over four rounds of ...

    Joanne M. Osborne, Carlene Wilson, Amy Duncan, Stephen R. Cole, Ingrid Flight, Deborah Turnbull, Donna L. Hughes and Graeme P. Young

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:81

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  15. Research article

    Evaluation of the colorectal cancer screening Programme in the Basque Country (Spain) and its effectiveness based on the Miscan-colon model

    The population-based Basque Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Programme started in 2009 with a biennial immunochemical quantitative test (FIT) biennial and colonoscopy under sedation in positive cases. The pop...

    I. Idigoras, A. Arrospide, I. Portillo, E. Arana-Arri, L. Martínez-Indart, J. Mar, H. J. de Koning, R. Lastra, M. Soto-Gordoa, M. van der Meulen and I. Lansdorp-Vogelaar

    BMC Public Health 2017 18:78

    Published on: 1 August 2017

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