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Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by Frances Kay-Lambkin.

This section aims to publish studies examining the cultural, economic and societal influences that inform lifestyle choices and health behaviors, from drug, alcohol and cigarette consumption, to perceptions of safe sexual behavior and vaccine uptake, enabling all communities to increase control over their health, and empower them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent disease.

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  1. The 2019 EAT-Lancet Commission report recommends healthy diets that can feed 10 billion people by 2050 from environmentally sustainable food systems. This study compares food consumption patterns in India, fro...

    Authors: Manika Sharma, Avinash Kishore, Devesh Roy and Kuhu Joshi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:812

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a clear violation of women’s rights and can have adverse and irreversible health effects as well. Worldwide, more than 200 million women and girls have undergone FG...

    Authors: Cyrus Alinia, Bakhtiar Piroozi, Fariba Jahanbin, Hossein Safari, Amjad Mohamadi-Bolbanabad, Ali Kazemi-Karyani, Ghobad Moradi, Fariba Farhadifar and Mohammad Ebrahimi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:811

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  3. Fertility knowledge is vital to the fertility health of young people and greatly impacts their fertility choices. Delayed childbearing has been increasing in high-income countries, accompanied by the risk of i...

    Authors: Yanhui Zhou, Yang Luo, Ting Wang, Yanhui Cui, Mingzhu Chen and Jingxia Fu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:810

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  4. Physical activity is associated with better health, but knowledge about health promoting interventions, including physical activity for families in disadvantaged areas and the impact on health-related quality ...

    Authors: Susanne Andermo, Mai-Lis Hellénius, Matthias Lidin, Ulrika Hedby, Anja Nordenfelt and Gisela Nyberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:809

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  5. Across Sub-Saharan Africa, young women who sell sex (YSW) face institutional barriers in accessing sexual health and HIV prevention programs designed for female sex workers. In 2018, Kenya developed a national...

    Authors: Elizabeth Roberts, Huiting Ma, Parinita Bhattacharjee, Helgar K. Musyoki, Peter Gichangi, Lisa Avery, Janet Musimbi, Jenkin Tsang, Shem Kaosa, Japheth Kioko, Marissa L. Becker and Sharmistha Mishra

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:806

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  6. Children’s health and welfare have a special place in research and policy in many countries. One of the most important concerns is the increasing rate of backache in children due to many of behavioral risk fac...

    Authors: Zahra Akbari-Chehrehbargh, Sedigheh Sadat Tavafian and Ali Montazeri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:805

    Content type: Research article

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  7. While existing studies have investigated the role of social media on health-related communication, little is known about the potential differences between different users groups on different social media platf...

    Authors: May Oo Lwin, Jiahui Lu, Anita Sheldenkar, Ysa Marie Cayabyab, Andrew Zi Han Yee and Helen Elizabeth Smith

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:804

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The World Health Organization estimates that globally only 43% of women have access to skilled care during deliveries and the rest are exposed to unskilled delivery service. A recent Ethiopian Demographic and ...

    Authors: Resom Berhe and Adane Nigusie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:796

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Notably, both international and local studies have found a high prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and risky sexual behaviours, such as condomless anal sex, substance misuse in conjunction wi...

    Authors: Edmond P. H. Choi, Eric P. F. Chow, Eric Y. F. Wan, William C. W. Wong, Janet Y. H. Wong and Daniel Y. T. Fong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:795

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. Statistics from South Africa show the world’s highest HIV prevalence with an estimated seven million people living with the virus. Several studies have pointed to communication about sexuality between parents/...

    Authors: Bo Nilsson, Kerstin Edin, John Kinsman, Kathleen Kahn and Shane A. Norris

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:791

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Despite an initial steep decrease in alcohol misuse among Estonians through structural intervention means and the scaling up of alcohol counselling in the mid-2000’s, most of the country’s alcohol misuse indic...

    Authors: Esta Kaal, Michael P. Schaub, Andreas Wenger, Triin Ülesoo, Matthijs Blankers, Severin Haug, David D. Ebert, Heleen Riper, Matthew Keough, Helen Noormets and Karin Kilp

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:790

    Content type: Study protocol

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  12. This study aimed to translate and validate the Motivation to Change Lifestyle and Health Behaviours for Dementia Risk Reduction (MCLHB-DRR) scale in the Dutch general population.

    Authors: Tessa Joxhorst, Joyce Vrijsen, Jacobien Niebuur and Nynke Smidt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:788

    Content type: Research article

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  13. School dropout rates and risky health behavior is common among students in vocational education and training (VET) schools. Students with poor physical and mental health are more likely to drop out, and as suc...

    Authors: Maja Thøgersen, Mette Aadahl, Peter Elsborg and Charlotte Demant Klinker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:786

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  14. Sri Lanka has reduced its overall suicide rate by 70% over the last two decades through means restriction, through a series of government regulations and bans removing highly hazardous pesticides from agricult...

    Authors: Manjula Weerasinghe, Melissa Pearson, Flemming Konradsen, Suneth Agampodi, J. A. Sumith, Shaluka Jayamanne, S. M. H. M. K. Senanayake, Sandamali Rajapaksha and Michael Eddleston

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:780

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  15. Graphic health warning labels (GHWLs) on tobacco products are more effective than text warnings for communicating the risk of smoking. The implementation of GHWLs can prevent adolescents from initiating smokin...

    Authors: Ji-eun Hwang and Sung-il Cho

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:748

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  16. Nigeria has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world, with an estimated 750,000 deaths annually among children under age five. The majority of these deaths are due to pneumonia, malaria, or diarrh...

    Authors: Leanne Dougherty, Kate Gilroy, Abimbola Olayemi, Omitayo Ogesanmola, Felix Ogaga, Chinwe Nweze, Joya Banerjee, Chioma Oduenyi and Michel Pacqué

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:746

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  17. From among the global public health concerns, smoking remains one of the most crucial challenges. Especially for adolescents, the increase in the use of electronic cigarettes is controversial, as its use may l...

    Authors: Yuki Kuwabara, Aya Kinjo, Maya Fujii, Aya Imamoto, Yoneatsu Osaki, Maki Jike, Yuichiro Otsuka, Osamu Itani, Yoshitaka Kaneita, Ruriko Minobe, Hitoshi Maezato, Susumu Higuchi, Hisashi Yoshimoto and Hideyuki Kanda

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:741

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  18. As organ donation registration rates remain low, especially among lower-educated people, it is important to support this group in making their registration decision. To prepare lower-educated students in the N...

    Authors: Esther Steenaart, Rik Crutzen and Nanne K. de Vries

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:739

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  19. Along with physical benefits, community-based sport provides opportunities to enhance connectedness, an important protective factor of social and emotional health. However, young Australians participating in s...

    Authors: Sharyn Burns, Melissa Evans, Jonine Jancey, Linda Portsmouth and Bruce Maycock

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:733

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  20. A growing body of studies that investigated the longitudinal association between physical activity (PA) and the outcome of incident obesity, coronary heart disease (CHD), diabetes and hypertension has become a...

    Authors: Laura Cleven, Janina Krell-Roesch, Claudio R. Nigg and Alexander Woll

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:726

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  21. Māori and Pacific Islander people are a priority population originating from Australasia. Māori and Pacific Islander children exhibit greater risk of obesity and associated morbidities compared to children of ...

    Authors: Robyn Littlewood, Oliver J. Canfell and Jacqueline L. Walker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:725

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  22. Diet-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors (KABs) are important for building healthier dietary patterns. We conducted this study to (a) investigate diet conditions of Chinese adult residents from the per...

    Authors: Ying Yang, Di He, Liuyi Wei, Shizhen Wang, Lei Chen, Mi Luo and Zongfu Mao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:720

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  23. Premarital sex can increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in adolescents, and lack of premarital sex can be considered as a reliable policy for STD prevention, which is used by some countrie...

    Authors: Mohammad Hossein Mehrolhassani, Vahid Yazdi-Feyzabadi, Saeid Mirzaei, Farzaneh Zolala, Ali-Akbar Haghdoost and Nadia Oroomiei

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:717

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  24. The recognition of problem gambling as a public health issue has increased as the availability of gambling expands. Research has found that some formats of gambling are more closely linked to problem gambling ...

    Authors: Alissa Mazar, Martha Zorn, Nozipho Becker and Rachel A. Volberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:711

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  25. Oral health belief is a prerequisite of changing oral health behaviors especially during adolescence. However, there is a paucity of well-established questionnaire for use among adolescents. This study aimed t...

    Authors: Bilu Xiang, Hai Ming Wong, Wangnan Cao, Antonio P. Perfecto and Colman P. J. McGrath

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:701

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  26. Although sex workers are considered a key population in the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), less consideration has been given to female bar workers (FBW), whose primary occupation is not sex work but...

    Authors: Peter Dambach, Bathsheba Mahenge, Irene Mashasi, Aisa Muya, Dale A. Barnhart, Till W. Bärnighausen, Donna Spiegelman and Guy Harling

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:697

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  27. The PAPHIO study; a randomized controlled trial with 2X2 crossover design will implement a self-directed physical activity program in which participants will engage in self-monitoring and receive motivational ...

    Authors: Supa Pudkasam, Meron Pitcher, Melanie Fisher, Anne O’Connor, Nanthaphan Chinlumprasert, Lily Stojanovska, Remco Polman and Vasso Apostolopoulos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:696

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. The ‘Primary HIV Prevention among Pregnant and Lactating Ugandan Women’ (PRIMAL) randomized controlled trial aimed to assess an enhanced counseling strategy linked to extended postpartum repeat HIV testing and...

    Authors: Femke Bannink Mbazzi, Zikulah Namukwaya, Alexander Amone, Francis Ojok, Juliane Etima, Josaphat Byamugisha, Elly Katabira, Mary Glenn Fowler, Jaco Homsy and Rachel King

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:694

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Many parents continue to smoke around their children despite the widely known risks of children’s exposure to tobacco smoke. We sought to learn about parental smoking behavior around children from parents’ per...

    Authors: Vicki Myers, Eimi Lev, Nurit Guttman, Efrat Tillinger and Laura Rosen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:693

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  30. The ageing population is increasing worldwide, and this trend is bringing challenges both for the older person and for society. In order to meet the challenges a comprehensive approach is needed involving both...

    Authors: Anna Nivestam, Albert Westergren, Pia Petersson and Maria Haak

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:688

    Content type: Research article

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  31. In order to reduce women’s exposure to violence and develop culturally appropriate interventions, it is important to gain an understanding of how men who use violence rationalize it. The present study sought t...

    Authors: Yandisa Sikweyiya, Adolphina Addoley Addo-Lartey, Deda Ogum Alangea, Phyllis Dako-Gyeke, Esnat D. Chirwa, Dorcas Coker-Appiah, Richard M. K. Adanu and Rachel Jewkes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:682

    Content type: Research article

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  32. The respiratory infectious diseases (RID) threaten the health and life quality of school students. However, previous related studies were insufficient in research design and method applied. This study aimed to...

    Authors: Manli Wang and Haiqing Fang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:681

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has reached alarming levels and is considered to be a worldwide public health problem. One of the most significant factors contributing to the spread of AMR is the lack of proper...

    Authors: Khalid Aboalshamat, Amjad Khayat, Ragheb Halwani, Ammar Bitan and Ryyan Alansari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:680

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  34. Violence against women and girls is a public health epidemic. Campus-based research has found bystander programmes show promise as effective primary prevention of sexual violence. However, evidence regarding d...

    Authors: Alexa N. Gainsbury, Rachel A. Fenton and Cassandra A. Jones

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:674

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  35. The screen-media landscape has changed drastically during the last decade with wide-scale ownership and use of new portable touchscreen-based devices plausibly causing changes in the volume of screen media use...

    Authors: Heidi Klakk, Christian Tolstrup Wester, Line Grønholt Olesen, Martin Gillies Rasmussen, Peter Lund Kristensen, Jesper Pedersen and Anders Grøntved

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:664

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  36. Since there is a shift from eating lunch at home to eating lunch at primary schools in the Netherlands, providing a school lunch may be an important opportunity to improve the diet quality of Dutch children. T...

    Authors: Ellen van Kleef, Frédérique C. Rongen, Monique H. Vingerhoeds, S. Coosje Dijkstra and Jaap C. Seidell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:662

    Content type: Study protocol

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  37. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as abuse, neglect or household adversity may have a range of serious negative impacts. There is a need to understand what interventions are effective to improve outcom...

    Authors: Theo Lorenc, Sarah Lester, Katy Sutcliffe, Claire Stansfield and James Thomas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:657

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Health literacy is the ability to access to, understand, evaluate and use of essential health information to make basic health decisions. This study aimed to develop and psychometrically evaluate an instrument...

    Authors: Mahmoud Tavousi, Aliasghar Haeri-Mehrizi, Fatemeh Rakhshani, Shahram Rafiefar, Atoosa Soleymanian, Fatemeh Sarbandi, Mona Ardestani, Shahla Ghanbari and Ali Montazeri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:656

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  39. Given the current worldwide epidemic of obesity, there is a demand for interventions with higher impact, such as those carried out in the primary health care (PHC) setting. Here we evaluate the effect of interven...

    Authors: Patrícia Pinheiro de Freitas, Mariana Carvalho de Menezes, Luana Caroline dos Santos, Adriano Marçal Pimenta, Adaliene Versiani Matos Ferreira and Aline Cristine Souza Lopes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:652

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  40. Earthquakes are one of the most destructive natural disasters in which many people are injured, disabled, or died. Iran has only 1 % of the world’s population, but the percentage of its earthquake-related deat...

    Authors: Masoumeh Rostami-Moez, Mohammad Rabiee-Yeganeh, Mohammadreza Shokouhi, Amin Dosti-Irani and Forouzan Rezapur-Shahkolai

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:646

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  41. Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects almost one in three women worldwide. However, disclosing violence or seeking help is difficult for affected women. eHealth may represent an effective alternative to the ...

    Authors: N. E. van Gelder, K. A. W. L. van Rosmalen-Nooijens, S. A Ligthart, J. B. Prins, S. Oertelt-Prigione and A. L. M. Lagro-Janssen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:640

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  42. Parents are key decision makers and role models in establishing and maintaining healthy behaviours in their children. Interventions involving parents have been shown to be more effective than those that do not...

    Authors: Megan L. Hammersley, Rebecca J. Wyse, Rachel A. Jones, Luke Wolfenden, Serene Yoong, Fiona Stacey, Simon Eckermann, Anthony D. Okely, Christine Innes-Hughes, Vincy Li, Amanda Green, Christine May, Joe Xu and Chris Rissel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:636

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  43. We have previously reported on the prevalence of dietary supplements among college students; it was deduced that their intake of supplements increased according to their grade (i.e., 13.1% in the first grade t...

    Authors: Tsuyoshi Chiba, Etsuko Kobayashi, Takashi Okura, Masashi Sekimoto, Hideya Mizuno, Maki Saito and Keizo Umegaki

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:633

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  44. The Ebola communication crisis of 2014 generated widespread fear and attention among Western news media, social media users, and members of the United States (US) public. Health communicators need more informa...

    Authors: Tara Kirk Sell, Divya Hosangadi and Marc Trotochaud

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:550

    Content type: Research article

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