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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 behaviours, from drug, alcohol and cigarette consumption, to perceptions of safe sexual behaviour 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. Content type: Research article

    People struggling with reading and writing difficulties may have poor odds of achieving a good and healthy life. Reading and writing difficulties are independent risk factors for not completing education and u...

    Authors: Mette-Marie Zacher Kjeldsen, Christina Malmose Stapelfeldt, Louise Lindholdt, Thomas Lund and Merete Labriola

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:537

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    Despite evolving evidence of the health and economic benefits of active transportation (AT) to work, few studies have examined the determinants of AT in large organizations with multiple worksites nor how tren...

    Authors: David R. Paul, Yazhuo Deng and Philip S. Cook

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:526

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Increasingly the population is eating meals and snacks prepared outside the home, especially younger adults. Takeaway foods can be energy-dense, high in saturated fat and sodium, and deleterious to health. Ext...

    Authors: Anne C. Grunseit, Amelia S. Cook, Janet Conti, Melissa Gwizd and Margaret Allman-Farinelli

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:525

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    This paper analyses the 2008 economic collapse in Spain with its long-lasting effects. Precisely, the ones associated with lifestyles. Thus, the aim of this paper is to examine to what extent economic downturn...

    Authors: Carla Blázquez-Fernández, David Cantarero-Prieto and Patricio Perez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:523

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The Stoptober temporary abstinence campaign challenges smokers to engage in a collective quit attempt for 28 days. The campaign is based on social contagion theory, SMART (i.e., Specific, Measurable, Attainabl...

    Authors: Sigrid A. Troelstra, Anton E. Kunst and Janneke Harting

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:522

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Physical inactivity is deemed to be the fourth leading cause for premature death. Nevertheless, only a minority of children and adolescents in Germany fulfil the guideline of the World Health Organization of a...

    Authors: Yolanda Demetriou and Joachim Bachner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:519

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Antibiotic resistance became a marker of irrational and overuse of these medicines in many countries. This study aims to evaluate the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) of medical students (MS) and non-med...

    Authors: Ammar Jairoun, Nageeb Hassan, Abdelazim Ali, Obaida Jairoun and Moyad Shahwan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:518

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Among cervical cancer patients in the U.S., a disproportionate number are Hispanics/Latinos. Also, about a third of patients diagnosed with cervical cancer annually in Mexico die of the disease. Vaccines are a...

    Authors: Mariela Bahena, Marcela Carvajal-Suarez, Amr S. Soliman, Jiangtao Luo and Armando De Alba

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:515

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Despite a decrease in driving under the influence of alcohol (DUIA) prevalence over the past decades, DUIA prevalence still remains high in the United States. To date, there is limited research examining wheth...

    Authors: Ji-Yeun Park and Li-Tzy Wu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:509

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  10. Content type: Research article

    In Zambia, cervical cancer screening was started in 2006 and the human papillomavirus vaccine was piloted in 2013. Nevertheless, cervical cancer remains the leading cancer. It is assumed that knowledge, social...

    Authors: Anayawa Nyambe, Jarl K. Kampen, Stridutt K. Baboo and Guido Van Hal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:508

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    The X:IT intervention, conducted in 2010 to 2013, showed overall smoking preventive effect. However, parts of the intervention appeared less appealing to children from families with lower socioeconomic backgro...

    Authors: Lotus Sofie Bast, Pernille Due, Stine Glenstrup Lauemøller, Niels Them Kjær, Tenna Christiansen and Anette Andersen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:497

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Youth focused Life Skills Education and Counseling Services (YLSECS) program, trained teachers/National Service Scheme (NSS) officers to deliver Life Skills Education (LSE) and counseling services to college g...

    Authors: Banandur S. Pradeep, Banavaram Anniappan Arvind, Srinivas Ramaiah, Swati Shahane, Lavanya Garady, Mutharaju Arelingaiah, Gopalkrishna Gururaj and Gananatha Shetty Yekkaru

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:489

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the knowledge and attitudes towards human papillomavirus (HPV) and its vaccines among adolescents in mainland China. Also, limited information has been available on how to improve their k...

    Authors: Chun-Rong Liu, Hao Liang, Xi Zhang, Chen Pu, Qin Li, Qiao-Ling Li, Fei-Yang Ren and Jing Li

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:488

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The start-up of the Turin municipal solid waste incineration plant (2013) was accompanied by surveillance of health effects, which included a human biomonitoring campaign. Here we present the results of the ri...

    Authors: Antonella Bena, Martina Gandini, Ennio Cadum, Enrico Procopio, Giuseppe Salamina, Manuela Orengia and Elena Farina

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:483

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  15. Content type: Research article

    There is robust evidence that regular physical activity (PA) has positive health effects. However, the best PA methods and the most important correlates for promoting PA remain unclear. Physical activity on pr...

    Authors: Stefan Lundqvist, Mats Börjesson, Maria E. H. Larsson, Åsa Cider and Lars Hagberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:482

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Although the number of studies examining the relationships between sedentary behaviors (SB) and anxiety is growing, an overarching evidence, taking into account children, adolescents, and adults as well as dif...

    Authors: Bartlomiej Stanczykiewicz, Anna Banik, Nina Knoll, Jan Keller, Diana Hilda Hohl, Joanna Rosińczuk and Aleksandra Luszczynska

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:459

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The relationship between alcohol use in adolescents and young adults and outcomes has not been widely researched in China. The aim of the current study was to understand the current status of drinking behavior...

    Authors: Wanrong Lu, Jingdong Xu, Anne Winifred Taylor, Bridgette Maree Bewick, Zhen Fu, Nanjin Wu, Ling Qian and Ping Yin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:458

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Slums are home to nearly one billion people in the world and are expanding at an exponential rate. Devarjeevanahalli is a large notified slum in Bangalore, South India which is characterised by poverty, overcr...

    Authors: Carolin Elizabeth George, Gift Norman, Avanti Wadugodapitya, Shyam Vasudeva Rao, Shailendra Nalige, Varshapriya Radhakrishnan, Sapna Behar and Luc de Witte

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:456

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Problem gambling (PG) is a serious public health concern that disproportionately affects people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and multimorbidity including mental health and substance use concerns. Little...

    Authors: Flora I. Matheson, Sarah Hamilton-Wright, David T. Kryszajtys, Jessica L. Wiese, Lauren Cadel, Carolyn Ziegler, Stephen W. Hwang and Sara J. T. Guilcher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:445

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The degree to which the relationship between alcohol use and sleeplessness is unidirectional or reciprocal is unclear due to great variation among the results of previous studies. The aim of the present study ...

    Authors: Kamilla Rognmo, Svein Bergvik, Jan Harald Rosenvinge, Katja Lovise Bratlid and Oddgeir Friborg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:444

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Drunkenness is common in nightlife environments and studies suggest it can be considered both desirable and normal by nightlife users. We aimed to compare UK nightlife users’ ideal levels of drunkenness to the...

    Authors: Karen Hughes, Zara Quigg, Kat Ford and Mark A. Bellis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:442

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Inappropriate use of antibiotics is a worldwide issue. In order to help public health institutions and each particular physician to change patterns of consumption among patients, it is important to understand ...

    Authors: Adriana Bagnulo, Maria-Teresa Muñoz Sastre, Lonzozou Kpanake, Paul Clay Sorum and Etienne Mullet

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:441

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Despite evidence for the harms of waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS), its use is increasing amongst college and university students worldwide. This systematic review aims to assess the knowledge of, attitudes tow...

    Authors: Adam Arshad, Jaideep Matharoo, Ebrahim Arshad, Simardeep Singh Sadhra, Rosemary Norton-Wangford and Mohammed Jawad

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:439

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Information and emotions towards public health issues could spread widely through online social networks. Although aggregate metrics on the volume of information diffusion are available, we know little about h...

    Authors: Hai Liang, Isaac Chun-Hai Fung, Zion Tsz Ho Tse, Jingjing Yin, Chung-Hong Chan, Laura E. Pechta, Belinda J. Smith, Rossmary D. Marquez-Lameda, Martin I. Meltzer, Keri M. Lubell and King-Wa Fu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:438

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Detection of the premalignant forms cervical cancer through screening in the target age group is one of the effective strategies in the prevention of the disease. Nevertheless, the cervical cancer screening se...

    Authors: Fira Abamecha, Atsede Tena and Getachew Kiros

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:434

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the prevalence and correlates of intimate partner violence (IPV) among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) in the UK. The aim of this study was to investigate the pr...

    Authors: Ada R. Miltz, Fiona C. Lampe, Loraine J. Bacchus, Sheena McCormack, David Dunn, Ellen White, Alison Rodger, Andrew N. Phillips, Lorraine Sherr, Amanda Clarke, Alan McOwan, Ann Sullivan and Mitzy Gafos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:431

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (YGBM) may have reduced engagement and knowledge of HIV care and biomedical HIV prevention strategies, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exp...

    Authors: Kalysha Closson, Sarah Chown, Heather L. Armstrong, Lu Wang, Nicanor Bacani, Darren Ho, Jody Jollimore, Gbolahan Olarewaju, David M. Moore, Eric A. Roth, Robert S. Hogg and Nathan J. Lachowsky

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:429

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Zimbabwe; however; access to screening and treatment services remain challenged. The objective of this study was to investigate socio-demogr...

    Authors: O. Tapera, W. Kadzatsa, A. M. Nyakabau, W. Mavhu, G. Dreyer, B. Stray-Pedersen and Hendricks SJH

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:428

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Opportunities for working adults to accumulate recommended physical activity levels (at least 150 min of moderate intensity physical activity in bouts of at least 10 min throughout the week) may include the co...

    Authors: Suzanne Audrey, Harriet Fisher, Ashley Cooper, Daisy Gaunt, Kirsty Garfield, Chris Metcalfe, William Hollingworth, Fiona Gillison, Marie Gabe-Walters, Sarah Rodgers, Adrian L. Davis, Philip Insall and Sunita Procter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:427

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Screening of houses to prevent mosquito entry is increasingly being recommended as an effective and practical method against malaria transmission through reduced human-mosquito contact. The objective of the st...

    Authors: Peter Njoroge Ng’ang’a, James Mutunga, George Oliech and Clifford Maina Mutero

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:423

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The number of partners providing informal care for their chronically ill spouse is rising, and they describe their daily life as demanding. The aim of this paper was to describe the partners’ experiences of li...

    Authors: Elisabet Eriksson, Maria Wejåker, Anna Danhard, Annika Nilsson and Marja-Leena Kristofferzon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:422

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Some studies in Western countries have suggested that education and income are differentially associated with different drinking patterns. This study aimed to examine the associations of education and income w...

    Authors: Keiko Murakami and Hideki Hashimoto

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:420

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    Early childhood is a crucial time to foster healthy eating and physical activity (PA) habits, which are critical for optimal child health, growth and development. Child care facilities are important settings t...

    Authors: Patricia Markham Risica, Alison Tovar, Vanessa Palomo, Laura Dionne, Noereem Mena, Kate Magid, Diane Stanton Ward and Kim M. Gans

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:419

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Most Finnish adolescents are not sufficiently physically active. Health education (HE) provides beneficial starting point for physical activity (PA) promotion in schools. This study evaluates an intervention i...

    Authors: M. Aittasalo, A-M Jussila, K. Tokola, H. Sievänen, H. Vähä-Ypyä and T. Vasankari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:415

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Targeting habit-development (behavioral automaticity) as part of healthy lifestyle behavior change interventions may improve the adoption and maintenance of healthful behaviors. Few studies, however, have eval...

    Authors: Heather Fritz, Wassim Tarraf, Aaron Brody and Philip Levy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:413

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    In Scotland a new, easier to complete bowel screening test, the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), has been introduced. This test gives more accurate information about an individual’s risk of having colorectal ...

    Authors: Robert J. C. Steele, Jayne Digby, Julie A. Chambers and Ronan E. O’Carroll

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:411

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  37. Content type: Research article

    India accounts for more than two-third of mortality due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in south-east Asia. The burden is high in Karnataka, one of the largest states in southern India. There is a need for...

    Authors: Krishnamurthy Jayanna, N. Swaroop, Arin Kar, Satyanarayana Ramanaik, Manoj Kumar Pati, Ashwini Pujar, Prathibha Rai, Suresh Chitrapu, Gururaj Patil, Preeti Aggarwal, Shivla Saksena, Hemanth Madegowda, S. Rekha and H. L. Mohan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:409

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Early sexual intercourse (SI) may have long-lasting negative impacts on health-related quality of life (HRQoL). So far, these impacts have been studied using age for defining early SI instead of feelings about...

    Authors: Manon Rouche, Katia Castetbon, Maud Dujeu, Estelle Méroc, Thérésa Lebacq, Camille Pedroni, Christelle Senterre, Isabelle Godin and Nathalie Moreau

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:408

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Timely and complete vaccination with multi-dose schedules is of public health importance, because an incomplete vaccination series may yield suboptimal disease protection. However, data on adherence of adults ...

    Authors: Kelly D. Johnson, Xiaoyan Lu and Dongmu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:404

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    Latinos are currently the largest and fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States and have the lowest rates nationally of regular sources of primary care. The changing demographics of Latino popul...

    Authors: Abby M. Lohr, Maia Ingram, Scott C. Carvajal, Kevin Doubleday, Benjamin Aceves, Cynthia Espinoza, Floribella Redondo, Gloria Coronado, Cassalyn David and Melanie L. Bell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:399

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  41. Content type: Study protocol

    One central goal of physical education in many countries is to empower students to be physically active throughout their lifespan. Physical activity-related health competence (PAHCO) encompasses physical, cogn...

    Authors: Stephanie Haible, Carmen Volk, Yolanda Demetriou, Oliver Höner, Ansgar Thiel, Ulrich Trautwein and Gorden Sudeck

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:396

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Physical literacy (PL), given as a multidimensional construct, is considered a person’s capacity and commitment to a physically active lifestyle. We investigated the effect of a holistic physical exercise trai...

    Authors: Peter Holler, Johannes Jaunig, Frank-Michael Amort, Silvia Tuttner, Kathrin Hofer-Fischanger, Dietmar Wallner, Helmut Simi, Alexander Müller, Mireille Nicoline Maria van Poppel and Othmar Moser

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:393

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Place-based factors have been implicated as root causes of socioeconomic disparities in risky health behaviors such as tobacco and alcohol use. Yet few studies examine the effects of county-level socioeconomic...

    Authors: Rita Hamad, Daniel M. Brown and Sanjay Basu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:390

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