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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. Recently, social networks have become a popular source of information on health topics. Particularly, in Italy, there is a lively discussion on the web regarding vaccines also because there is low vaccination ...

    Authors: Annamaria Porreca, Francesca Scozzari and Marta Di Nicola

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:259

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  2. The aim of the current study is to describe the effectiveness of a school-based intervention when delivered by a non-nutrition specialist (trained schoolteachers) as compared to an expert in nutrition.

    Authors: Carla Habib-Mourad, Lilian A. Ghandour, Carla Maliha, Nancy Awada, Michèle Dagher and Nahla Hwalla

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:256

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  3. Light and sedentary behaviors impose heavy challenges on societies. The objectives of this study are to identify child sedentary behaviors, and to examine the relationship between parent knowledge and behavior...

    Authors: Fariba Azabdaftari, Parisa Jafarpour, Mohammad Asghari-Jafarabadi, Behjat Shokrvash and Parvin Reyhani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:255

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  4. Meningococcal serogroup A conjugate vaccine (MACV) was introduced in 2017 into the routine childhood immunization schedule (at 15–18 months of age) in Burkina Faso to help reduce meningococcal meningitis burde...

    Authors: Sylvain F. Nkwenkeu, Mohamed F. Jalloh, Jenny A. Walldorf, Robert L. Zoma, Felix Tarbangdo, Soukeynatou Fall, Sansan Hien, Roland Combassere, Cesaire Ky, Ludovic Kambou, Alpha Oumar Diallo, Akshaya Krishnaswamy, Flavien H. Aké, Cynthia Hatcher, Jaymin C. Patel, Isaïe Medah…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:254

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  5. Tobacco control policies have potential to be an effective strategy for the reduction of smoking prevalence and secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in tertiary educational settings worldwide. The aims of this stud...

    Authors: Suzanne E. Bartington, Ruth Wootton, Philippa Hawkins, Amanda Farley, Laura L. Jones and Shamil Haroon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:252

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  6. The existing smartphones’ technology allows for the objective measurement of a person’s movements at a fine-grained level of geographic and temporal detail, and in doing so, it mitigates the issues associated ...

    Authors: Behrang Assemi, Renee Zahnow, Belen Zapata-Diomedi, Mark Hickman and Jonathan Corcoran

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:244

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  7. Influenza vaccine uptake remains low worldwide, inflicting substantial costs to public health. Messages promoting social welfare have been shown to increase vaccination intentions, and it has been recommended ...

    Authors: Ozan Isler, Burcu Isler, Orestis Kopsacheilis and Eamonn Ferguson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:240

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  8. Domestic violence (DV) is considered a public health issue in Saudi Arabia as well as a violation of a fundamental human right. DV causes many acute and chronic physical and mental health consequences. Cultura...

    Authors: R. Wali, A. Khalil, R. Alattas, R. Foudah, I. Meftah and S. Sarhan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:239

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  9. Somali immigrants and refugees to the United States are at high risk for obesity and related cardiovascular risk. Social network factors influence health behaviors and are important contributors to the obesity...

    Authors: Jane W. Njeru, Mark L. Wieland, Janet M. Okamoto, Paul J. Novotny, Margaret K. Breen-Lyles, Ahmed Osman, Yahye A. Ahmed, Mohamud A. Nur, Omar Nur and Irene G. Sia

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:238

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  10. Despite extensive efforts, issues like obesity and poor physical capacity remain challenges for a healthy work life in several occupations. The Goldilocks work principle offers a new approach, encouraging desi...

    Authors: Mark Lidegaard, Anders Fritz Lerche, Pernille Kold Munch, Kathrine Greby Schmidt, Charlotte Lund Rasmussen, Charlotte Diana Nørregaard Rasmussen, Svend Erik Mathiassen, Leon Straker and Andreas Holtermann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:237

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  11. The effectiveness of school alcohol polices may be affected by the degree of strictness of rules, how they are implemented and enforced, students’ perception of the rules and the consequences of breaking them....

    Authors: Veronica S. C. Pisinger, Pernille Bendtsen, Morten Hulvej Rod and Janne S. Tolstrup

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:236

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  12. In a previous feasibility study (APROPOS) in a single municipality of the Netherlands, we showed that a locally tailored preconception care (PCC) approach has the potential to positively affect preconceptional...

    Authors: Veronique Y. F. Maas, Maria P. H. Koster, Erwin Ista, Kim L. H. Vanden Auweele, Renate W. A. de Bie, Denhard J. de Smit, Bianca C. Visser, Elsbeth H. van Vliet-Lachotzki, Arie Franx and Marjolein Poels

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:235

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  13. Falls represent a global health issue among older adults and cause a considerable burden on medical systems. In this study, a fall-risk assessment profile was developed for community-dwelling older adults.

    Authors: Ping-Ling Chen, Hsiao-Yu Lin, Jiann Ruey Ong and Hon-Ping Ma

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:234

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  14. The World Health Organization has highlighted the importance of health promotion for health service providers in order to ensure sustainable working life for individuals involved in providing health services. ...

    Authors: U. Lindmark, I. Ahlstrand, A. Ekman, L. Berg, L. Hedén, J. Källstrand, M. Larsson, H. Nunstedt, L. Oxelmark, S. Pennbrant, A. Sundler and I. Larsson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:233

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  15. The Chinese government is piloting canteen services for older adults, but few studies have explored the influence of canteen services on the health of these older adults. This study aimed to investigate the im...

    Authors: Xiaolei Wang, Minhui Liu, Yuchen Li, Chanyuan Guo and Chao Hsing Yeh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:230

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  16. Seasonal influenza vaccination coverage remains suboptimal in most developed countries, despite longstanding recommendations of public health organizations. The individual’s decision regarding vaccination is l...

    Authors: Adir Shaham, Gabriel Chodick, Varda Shalev and Dan Yamin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:222

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  17. Violence victimisation and violence perpetration may co-occur in adolescents. Understanding the sociodemographic correlates of the independent and joint profiles of victimisation and perpetration may inform pr...

    Authors: Xincheng Sui, Karlijn Massar, Robert A. C. Ruiter and Priscilla S. Reddy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:221

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  18. Sedentary behavior (SB) is associated with increased risks of detrimental health outcomes. Few studies have explored correlates of SB in physically active individuals. Furthermore, SB correlates may depend on ...

    Authors: Esmée A. Bakker, Maria T. E. Hopman, Duck-chul Lee, André L. M. Verbeek, Dick H. J. Thijssen and Thijs M. H. Eijsvogels

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:220

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  19. Lassa fever (LF) is an epidemic-prone zoonotic disease prevalent in Nigeria and Ebonyi State is a high burden area in Nigeria. Low risk perceptions have been reported to prevent appropriate preventive behaviou...

    Authors: Ifeoma Sophia Usuwa, Christian Obasi Akpa, Chukwuma David Umeokonkwo, MaryJoy Umoke, Chukwuemeka Steve Oguanuo, Abdulhakeem Abayomi Olorukooba, Eniola Bamgboye and Muhammad Shakir Balogun

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:217

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  20. Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) is one of the strategies being promoted to prevent sexual heterosexual transmission of HIV. It has been adopted by 14 countries with high HIV prevalence and low circu...

    Authors: Zimveka Jones Chatsika, Andrew Kumitawa, Vincent Samuel, Steven Chifundo Azizi and Vincent C. Jumbe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:211

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  21. Cervical cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide. Nearly 83% of the world’s new cases and 85% of all cervical cancer-related deaths oc...

    Authors: Ayelign Mengesha, Anteneh Messele and Biruk Beletew

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:209

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  22. The concept of physical literacy (PL) is gaining popularity within public health and physical education circles. However, little is known about the relationship between perceived and actual PL levels among sch...

    Authors: Ming Hui Li, Raymond Kim Wai Sum, Cindy Hui Ping Sit, Stephen Heung Sang Wong and Amy Sau Ching Ha

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:207

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  23. HIV- and MSM-related stigma are well documented as common for Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM) living with HIV, yet there is sparse literature on intimate partner violence (IPV) and its relationship wit...

    Authors: Na Wang, Bo Huang, Yuhua Ruan, K. Rivet Amico, Sten H. Vermund, Shimin Zheng and Han-Zhu Qian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:204

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  24. More than half of women in India are anemic. Anemia can result in fatigue, poor work productivity, higher risk of pre-term delivery, and maternal mortality. The Indian government has promoted the use of iron-f...

    Authors: Hagere Yilma, Erica Sedlander, Rajiv N. Rimal, Ichhya Pant, Ashita Munjral and Satyanarayan Mohanty

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:203

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  25. The impacts of interventions designed to change health behaviours are potentially affected by the complex social systems in which they are embedded. This study uses Scottish data to explore how men receive and...

    Authors: Sheela Tripathee, Helen Sweeting, Stephanie Chambers and Alice Maclean

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:199

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  26. The prevalence of osteoporosis (OP) is rapidly increasing. Healthy behaviors are crucial for the management of OP. Application of the information–motivation–behavioral skills (IMB) model has been verified in v...

    Authors: Lhakpa Tsamlag, Huwen Wang, Qiuming Shen, Yue Shi, Shuxian Zhang, Ruijie Chang, Xiyu Liu, Tian Shen and Yong Cai

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:198

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  27. The low utilisation of current treatment services by people with gambling problems highlights the need to explore new modalities of delivering treatment interventions. This protocol presents the design of a pr...

    Authors: Gayl Humphrey, Joanna Chu, Nicki Dowling, Simone Rodda, Stephanie Merkouris, Varsha Parag, David Newcombe, Elsie Ho, Vili Nosa, Rebecca Ruwhui-Collins, Robyn Whittaker and Chris Bullen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:191

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  28. Partner concurrency, (having sexual partnerships overlapping in time), especially when condoms are not used, can facilitate sexually transmitted infections (STI) transmission. In Britain, STI diagnoses rates a...

    Authors: Sonali Wayal, Makeda Gerressu, Peter Weatherburn, Victoria Gilbart, Gwenda Hughes and Catherine H. Mercer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:188

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  29. Concussion prevalence is increasing in the pediatric population, and is a matter of public health concern. Concussion symptoms can be physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural, and last longer in high sch...

    Authors: Andrea Hickling, Kylie D. Mallory, Katherine E. Wilson, Rosephine Del Fernandes, Pamela Fuselli and Nick Reed

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:186

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  30. Accurately measuring parents’ attitudes and beliefs regarding limiting their children’s TV viewing is important to inform the design and evaluation of effective interventions. This manuscript assesses the inte...

    Authors: Marissa Ogren, Tom Baranowski, Sarah J. Lowry and Jason A. Mendoza

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:185

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  31. South Africa is currently undergoing a nutrition transition, and overweight and obesity is on the increase in South African children. Urbanization and other health determinants have led to reduced physical act...

    Authors: Natisha Dukhi, Benn Sartorius and Myra Taylor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:179

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  32. Policies to improve healthy food retail have been recognized as a potential means of reducing diet-related health disparities. The revised 2014 Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance instituted minimum stocking st...

    Authors: Caitlin E. Caspi, Megan R. Winkler, Kathleen M. Lenk, Lisa J. Harnack, Darin J. Erickson and Melissa N. Laska

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:172

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  33. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. More and more states legalized medical and recreational marijuana use. Adolescents and emerging adults are at high risk for marijuana use....

    Authors: Bin Yu, Xinguang Chen, Xiangfan Chen and Hong Yan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:156

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  34. To reflect the health literacy (HL) skills needed for managing type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in everyday life, HL in people with T2DM should be measured from a broader perspective than basic skills, such as proficien...

    Authors: Hanne Søberg Finbråten, Øystein Guttersrud, Gun Nordström, Kjell Sverre Pettersen, Anne Trollvik and Bodil Wilde-Larsson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:161

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  35. Our aim was to explore the concepts of health and well-being from the point of view of the people experiencing them. Most of the efforts to understand these concepts have focused on disease prevention and trea...

    Authors: Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, Yong-Chen Chen, Chien-An Sun, San-Lin You, Jaw-Town Lin, Kun-Hu Chen, Ann W. Hsing and Catherine A. Heaney

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:159

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  36. Hygiene promotion is a cornerstone of humanitarian response during infectious disease outbreaks. Despite this, we know little about how humanitarian organisations design, deliver or monitor hygiene programmes,...

    Authors: Alexandra Czerniewska and Sian White

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:154

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  37. There are few data available about hardcore smokers and their behavioral characteristics among the lung cancer screening (LCS) population. The study investigated the burden of hardcore smokers within the LCS p...

    Authors: Dong Won Park, Ji-Yun Jang, Tai Sun Park, Hyun Lee, Ji-Yong Moon, Sang-Heon Kim, Tae-Hyung Kim, Ho Joo Yoon, Dae Ryong Kang and Jang Won Sohn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:151

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  38. Food environments have rapidly changed over the past years in China and children have more access to unhealthy food in convenience stores near schools. Since the studies on the association between convenience ...

    Authors: Shuang Zhou, Yu Cheng, Lan Cheng, Di Wang, Qin Li, Zheng Liu and Hai-Jun Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:150

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  39. Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) are the mainstay of disability responses worldwide. Yet there is no quantitative data assessing their effectiveness in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aim of...

    Authors: Nathan John Grills, Monsurul Hoq, Chun-Ping Pam Wong, Komal Allagh, Lawrence Singh, Fairlene Soji and G. V. S. Murthy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:145

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  40. The Healthy Hawai‘i Initiative was created in 2000 with tobacco settlement funds as a theory-based statewide effort to promote health-supporting environments through systems and policy change. Still active tod...

    Authors: Joy Agner, Catherine M. Pirkle, Lola Irvin, Jay E. Maddock, Opal Vanessa Buchthal, Jessica Yamauchi, Ranjani Starr and Tetine Sentell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:141

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  41. Indigenous people in the United States are at high risk for diabetes. Psychosocial stressors like historical trauma may impede success in diabetes prevention programs.

    Authors: Lisa G. Rosas, Jan J. Vasquez, Haley K. Hedlin, Fei Fei Qin, Nan Lv, Lan Xiao, Adrian Kendrick, Dawn Atencio and Randall S. Stafford

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:139

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  42. Social attitudes to transgender persons and other gender minorities vary around the world, and in many cultures, prejudices and social stigma are common. Consequently, transgender persons face challenges relat...

    Authors: Norman Anderssen, Børge Sivertsen, Kari Jussie Lønning and Kirsti Malterud

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:138

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  43. This study tests whether home visitation to prevent child maltreatment can be improved by adding manualized program components, targeting four key risk factors for child maltreatment: low parental self-efficac...

    Authors: Merel de Wit, Patty Leijten, Claudia van der Put, Jessica Asscher, Merian Bouwmeester-Landweer and Maja Deković

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:136

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  44. People increase their risk of melanoma unless they are protected from the harmful effects of sun exposure during childhood and adolescence. We aimed to assess the feasibility of a three-component sun protectio...

    Authors: Gill Hubbard, John Cherrie, Jonathan Gray, Richard G. Kyle, Amanda Nioi, Charlotte Wendelboe-Nelson, Hilary Cowie and Stephan Dombrowski

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:131

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  45. Gambling is not uncommon among adolescents, and a non-trivial minority has serious problems with gambling. Therefore, enhanced knowledge about factors that may prevent against problematic gambling among youth ...

    Authors: Sara Brolin Låftman, Bitte Modin, Gabriella Olsson, Kristina Sundqvist, Johan Svensson and Peter Wennberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:130

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  46. Incorporating trail use into daily activity routines could be an important venue to increase a population’s physical activity. This study presents important health impacts of trail use.

    Authors: Abbas Smiley, William D. Ramos, Layne M. Elliott and Stephen A. Wolter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:128

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