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Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by 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. Content type: Research article

    Discrimination is an important determinant of health inequalities, and immigrants may be more vulnerable to certain types of discrimination than the native-born. This study analyses the relationship between im...

    Authors: Andrés A Agudelo-Suárez, Elena Ronda-Pérez, Diana Gil-González, Carmen Vives-Cases, Ana M García, Carlos Ruiz-Frutos, Emily Felt and Fernando G Benavides

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:652

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Drawing on data from a community-based prospective cohort study in Vancouver, Canada, we examined the prevalence and individual, interpersonal and work environment correlates of homelessness among 252 women in...

    Authors: Putu Duff, Kathleen Deering, Kate Gibson, Mark Tyndall and Kate Shannon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:643

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Research on interventions to positively impact health and housing status of people who are homeless has received substantially increased attention over the past 5 years. This rapid review examines recent evide...

    Authors: Donna Fitzpatrick-Lewis, Rebecca Ganann, Shari Krishnaratne, Donna Ciliska, Fiona Kouyoumdjian and Stephen W Hwang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:638

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  4. Content type: Research article

    There is a lack of data describing the exposure of Malaysian schoolchildren to Secondhand Smoke (SHS). The aim of this study is to identify factors influencing schoolchildren's exposures to SHS in Malaysia.

    Authors: Emilia Zainal Abidin, Sean Semple, Affandi Omar, Hejar A Rahman, Stephen W Turner and Jon G Ayres

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:634

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The burden of injury from violence and the costs attributable to violence are extremely high in Colombia. Despite a dramatic decline in homicides over the last ten years, homicide rate in Medellin, Colombia se...

    Authors: Luis F Duque, Nilton E Montoya and Alexandra Restrepo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:628

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  6. Content type: Research article

    In order to improve the health of the most vulnerable groups in society, the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) called for multi-sectoral action, which requires research and policy on the m...

    Authors: Paul R Ward, Samantha B Meyer, Fiona Verity, Tiffany K Gill and Tini CN Luong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:630

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Alcohol misuse has been linked to intimate partner violence (IPV). However, this association is not usually examined in Russia. Moreover, more investigation is required as to whether specific drinking contexts...

    Authors: Weihai Zhan, Alla V Shaboltas, Roman V Skochilov, Andrei P Kozlov, Tatiana V Krasnoselskikh and Nadia Abdala

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:629

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Since many health problems are associated with abuse and neglect at all ages, domestic violence victims may be considered as a group of primary care patients in need of special attention.

    Authors: Polona Selic, Katja Pesjak and Janko Kersnik

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:621

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Constant high-level numbers of railway suicides indicate that prevention strategies against railway suicides are urgently needed. The main question of the present study was whether pre-crash railway suicide be...

    Authors: Karoline Lukaschek, Jens Baumert and Karl-Heinz Ladwig

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:620

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Studies examining the correlates of school transport commonly fail to make the distinction between morning and afternoon school trips. The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and correlates of ...

    Authors: Bonny Yee-Man Wong, Guy Faulkner, Ron Buliung and Hyacinth Irving

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:618

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  11. Content type: Research article

    While suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people in most industrial countries, non-fatal suicidal behaviour is also a very important public health concern among adolescents. The aim of thi...

    Authors: Michael Kaess, Peter Parzer, Johann Haffner, Rainer Steen, Jeanette Roos, Martin Klett, Romuald Brunner and Franz Resch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:597

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Although the association between smoking status and poorer mental health has been well documented, the association between quit status and psychological distress is less clear. The aim of the present study is ...

    Authors: Frederieke S van der Deen, Kristie N Carter, Nick Wilson and Sunny Collings

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:598

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco control effort should be first started in people that are looked upon as role models for the general population. We aimed to determine the knowledge, attitude, and behavior of religious officials towar...

    Authors: Mustafa Haki Sucakli, Ali Ozer, Mustafa Celik, Hasan Kahraman and Hasan Cetin Ekerbicer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:602

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Problematic internet use (PIU) is associated with a plethora of psychosocial adversities. The study objectives were to assess the determinants and psychosocial implications associated with potential PIU and PI...

    Authors: Georgios Kormas, Elena Critselis, Mari Janikian, Dimitrios Kafetzis and Artemis Tsitsika

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:595

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Increasing rates of smoking cessation is one of the most effective measures available to improve population health. To advance the goal of increasing successful cessation at the population level, it is imperat...

    Authors: Wai Tak Hung, Sally M Dunlop, Donna Perez and Trish Cotter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:592

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  16. Content type: Software

    Economic interventions in the food environment are expected to effectively promote healthier food choices. However, before introducing them on a large scale, it is important to gain insight into the effectiven...

    Authors: Wilma E Waterlander, Michael Scarpa, Daisy Lentz and Ingrid HM Steenhuis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:589

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  17. Content type: Research article

    A 'societal impact factor' that complements the scientific impact factor would contribute to a more comprehensive evaluation of scientific research. In order to develop a practical tool for its assessment, it ...

    Authors: Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Thomas E Dorner and Manfred Maier

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:588

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Military service in Finland is compulsory for male citizens and annually about 90% of 19-year-old men enter into the service. Approximately 15% of them are discharged due to medical reasons constituting a grou...

    Authors: Henri Taanila, Antti JM Hemminki, Jaana H Suni, Harri Pihlajamäki and Jari Parkkari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:590

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Brazil is currently experiencing a nutrition transition: the displacement of traditional diets with foods high in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol and an increase in sedentary lifestyles. Despite these t...

    Authors: Scott Duncan, Elizabeth K Duncan, Romulo A Fernandes, Camila Buonani, Karolynne D-N Bastos, Aline FM Segatto, Jamile S Codogno, Igor C Gomes and Ismael F Freitas Jr

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:585

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  20. Content type: Research article

    To explore women's alcohol consumption in pregnancy, and potential predictors of alcohol consumption in pregnancy including: demographic characteristics; and women's knowledge and attitudes regarding alcohol c...

    Authors: Elizabeth Peadon, Janet Payne, Nadine Henley, Heather D'Antoine, Anne Bartu, Colleen O'Leary, Carol Bower and Elizabeth J Elliott

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:584

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  21. Content type: Research article

    In recent years social networking sites (SNSs) have grown rapidly in popularity. The popularity of these sites, along with their interactive functions, offer a novel environment in which to deliver health prom...

    Authors: Judy Gold, Alisa E Pedrana, Rachel Sacks-Davis, Margaret E Hellard, Shanton Chang, Steve Howard, Louise Keogh, Jane S Hocking and Mark A Stoove

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:583

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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    The number of overweight children in America has doubled to an estimated 10 million in the past 20 years. Establishing healthy dietary behaviors must begin early in childhood and include parents. The Healthy T...

    Authors: Mildred A Horodynski, Susan Baker, Gayle Coleman, Garry Auld and Joel Lindau

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:581

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have investigated how area-level deprivation influences the relationship between individual disadvantage and suicide mortality. The aim of this study was to examine individual measures of material ...

    Authors: Stephanie Burrows, Nathalie Auger, Philippe Gamache, Danielle St-Laurent and Denis Hamel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:577

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  24. Content type: Research article

    During the course of an influenza pandemic, governments know relatively little about the possibly changing influence of government trust, risk perception, and receipt of information on the public's intention t...

    Authors: Willemien van der Weerd, Daniëlle RM Timmermans, Desirée JMA Beaujean, Jurriaan Oudhoff and Jim E van Steenbergen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:575

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Inpatient care for alcohol intoxication is increasing in Sweden, especially among young women. Since it is well known that alcohol disorder is a chronic relapsing illness, this study examines the extent to whi...

    Authors: Kozma Ahacic, Kerstin Damström-Thakker and Ingemar Kåreholt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:574

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Prevalence of tobacco use among adolescents in India is very high. Despite many epidemiological studies exploring tobacco use among youth, there is no published data on adolescents' perceptions about smokers i...

    Authors: Upendra M Bhojani, Maya A Elias and Devadasan N

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:563

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Heavy alcohol consumption among adolescents and young adults is an issue of significant public concern. With approximately 50% of young people aged 18-24 attending tertiary education, there is an opportunity w...

    Authors: Nicola J Reavley, Anthony F Jorm, Terence V McCann and Dan I Lubman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:545

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Qigong, similar to Tai Chi Chuan, is beneficial to health. In Taiwan, Waitankung, a type of Qigong, is as popular as Tai Chi Chuan. This population-based comparison study compares the health-related quality of...

    Authors: Tsung-Jung Ho, David C Christiani, Tso-Chiang Ma, Tsong-Rong Jang, Chih-Hui Lieng, Yi-Chun Yeh, Shinn-Zong Lin, Jaung-Geng Lin, Jim-Shoung Lai and Tzuo-Yun Lan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:546

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Despite the popular use of vitamin supplements and several prospective cohort studies investigating their effect on cancer incidence and cardiovascular disease (CVD), scientific data supporting their benefits ...

    Authors: Azusa Hara, Shizuka Sasazuki, Manami Inoue, Taichi Shimazu, Motoki Iwasaki, Norie Sawada, Taiki Yamaji, Junko Ishihara, Hiroyasu Iso and Shoichiro Tsugane

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:540

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Recent studies suggest that neighborhood fast food restaurant availability is related to greater obesity, yet few studies have investigated whether neighborhood fast food restaurant availability promotes fast ...

    Authors: Andrea S Richardson, Janne Boone-Heinonen, Barry M Popkin and Penny Gordon-Larsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:543

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Injuries affect all age groups but have a particular impact on young people. To evaluate the incidence of non-fatal, unintentional, injuries among undergraduates in Wenzhou, China, assess the burden caused by ...

    Authors: Hongying Shi, Xinjun Yang, Chenping Huang, Zumu Zhou, Qiang Zhou and Maoping Chu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:531

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  32. Content type: Research article

    As highly active antiretroviral therapy (ART) restores health, fertility and sexual activity among HIV-infected adults, understanding how ART influences reproductive desires and decisions could inform interven...

    Authors: Rachel King, Kenneth Khana, Sylvia Nakayiwa, David Katuntu, Jaco Homsy, Pille Lindkvist, Eva Johansson and Rebecca Bunnell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:530

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  33. Content type: Research article

    This study assessed lay perceptions of issues related to predictive genetic testing for multifactorial diseases. These perceived issues may differ from the "classic" issues, e.g. autonomy, discrimination, and ...

    Authors: Miranda Wijdenes-Pijl, Wybo J Dondorp, Danielle RM Timmermans, Martina C Cornel and Lidewij Henneman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:535

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Only few studies with small experimental samples investigated the impact of psychoactive substances on driving performance. We conducted a multicenter international cross-sectional study to evaluate the correl...

    Authors: Roberta Siliquini, Fabrizio Bert, Francisco Alonso, Paola Berchialla, Alessandra Colombo, Axel Druart, Marcin Kedzia, Valeria Siliquini, Daniel Vankov, Anita Villerusa and Lamberto Manzoli

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:526

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Health professionals have an important role to play in the management of obesity, but may be unsure how to raise weight issues with patients. The societal stigma associated with excess weight means that weight...

    Authors: Cindy M Gray, Kate Hunt, Karen Lorimer, Annie S Anderson, Michaela Benzeval and Sally Wyke

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:513

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco control policies at the state level have been a critical impetus for reduction in smoking prevalence. We examine the association between recent changes in smoking prevalence and state-specific tobacco ...

    Authors: Ahmedin Jemal, Michael Thun, Xue Q Yu, Anne M Hartman, Vilma Cokkinides, Melissa M Center, Hana Ross and Elizabeth M Ward

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:512

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The beneficial effect of physical activity for the prevention of a range of chronic diseases is widely acknowledged. These chronic conditions are most pronounced in economically disadvantaged groups where phys...

    Authors: Janet Withall, Russell Jago and Kenneth R Fox

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:507

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Few prospective cohort studies have assessed the association between social capital and mortality. The studies were conducted only in Western countries and did not use the same social capital indicators. The p...

    Authors: Jun Aida, Katsunori Kondo, Hiroshi Hirai, S V Subramanian, Chiyoe Murata, Naoki Kondo, Yukinobu Ichida, Kokoro Shirai and Ken Osaka

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:499

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Smoking rates remain unacceptably high among individuals who are socially disadvantaged. Social and community service organisations (SCSO) are increasingly interested in providing smoking cessation support to ...

    Authors: Jamie Bryant, Billie Bonevski, Christine Paul, Jon O'Brien and Wendy Oakes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:493

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Although some studies in Tanzania have addressed the question of sexuality and STIs among adolescents, mostly those aged 15 - 19 years, evidence on how multiple sexual partners influence condom use among 10 - ...

    Authors: Amon Exavery, Angelina M Lutambi, Godfrey M Mubyazi, Khadija Kweka, Godfrey Mbaruku and Honorati Masanja

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:490

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  41. Content type: Research article

    A large proportion of disease burden is attributed to behavioural risk factors. However, funding for public health programs in Australia remains limited. Government and non-government organisations are interes...

    Authors: Dominique A Cadilhac, Anne Magnus, Lauren Sheppard, Toby B Cumming, Dora C Pearce and Rob Carter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2011 11:483

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