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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

    The HIV/AIDS pandemic remains a leading challenge for global health. Although condoms are acknowledged for their key role on preventing HIV transmission, low and inappropriate use of condoms persists in Tanzan...

    Authors: Amon Exavery, Godfrey M Mubyazi, Jovitha Rugemalila, Adiel K Mushi, Julius J Massaga, Hamisi M Malebo, Filemon Tenu, Joyce K Ikingura, Sia Malekia, Emmanuel A Makundi, Acleus SM Ruta, John W Ogondiek, Victor Wiketye and Mwelecele N Malecela

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:569

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are among the leading causes of mortality in Vietnam. However, mortality data collection systems in Vietnam in general and for RTIs in particular, remain inconsistent and incomplet...

    Authors: Anh D Ngo, Chalapati Rao, Nguyen Phuong Hoa, Damian G Hoy, Khieu Thi Quynh Trang and Peter S Hill

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:561

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  3. Content type: Study protocol

    The health of the agricultural population has been previously explored, particularly in relation to the farming exposures and among professionally active individuals. However, few studies specifically focused ...

    Authors: Karine Pérès, Fanny Matharan, Michèle Allard, Hélène Amieva, Isabelle Baldi, Pascale Barberger-Gateau, Valérie Bergua, Isabelle Bourdel-Marchasson, Cécile Delcourt, Alexandra Foubert-Samier, Annie Fourrier-Réglat, Maryse Gaimard, Sonia Laberon, Cécilia Maubaret, Virginie Postal, Chantal Chantal…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:558

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Urban renewal programs aim to target both the physical and social environments to improve the social capital, social connectedness, sense of community and economic conditions of residents of the neighbourhoods...

    Authors: Bin Jalaludin, Michelle Maxwell, Basema Saddik, Elizabeth Lobb, Roy Byun, Rodrigo Gutierrez and John Paszek

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:521

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was, despite the special characteristics of prisons, to identify the features which led prisoners who attended the Smoking Cessation Centre at the Kassavetia Detention Centre in Volos (reg...

    Authors: Elias Makris, Konstantinos I Gourgoulianis and Chrysi Hatzoglou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:508

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco dependence is a chronic, relapsing condition that typically requires multiple quit attempts and extended treatment. When offered the opportunity, relapsed smokers are interested in recycling back into ...

    Authors: Beatriz H Carlini, Anna M McDaniel, Michael T Weaver, Ross M Kauffman, Barbara Cerutti, Renée M Stratton and Susan M Zbikowski

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:507

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    Sufficient exercise is important for people with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), as it can prevent future health problems. Despite, it is estimated that only 30-40% of people with T2DM are sufficiently active...

    Authors: Marion MP van der Heijden, François Pouwer, Arnold C Romeijnders and Victor JM Pop

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:331

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  8. Content type: Research article

    This paper explores smoking cessation participants’ perceptions of attempting weight management alongside smoking cessation within the context of a health improvement intervention implemented in Glasgow, Scotl...

    Authors: Preethi Koshy, Mhairi Mackenzie, Wilma Leslie, Mike Lean and Catherine Hankey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:500

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Health education interventions are generally complex. Their outcomes result from both the intervention itself and the context for which they are developed. Thus, when an intervention carried out in one context...

    Authors: Linda Cambon, Laetitia Minary, Valery Ridde and François Alla

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:497

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Current estimates place just under one quarter of adolescents in Australia as overweight or obese. Adolescence has been identified as a critical period for the development of obesity, yet despite this recognit...

    Authors: Leon M Straker, Kyla L Smith, Ashley A Fenner, Deborah A Kerr, Alexandra McManus, Melissa C Davis, Angela M Fielding, Tim S Olds, Martin S Hagger, Anne J Smith and Rebecca A Abbott

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:471

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Different water choices affect access to drinking water with different quality. Previous studies suggested social-economic status may affect the choice of domestic drinking water. The aim of this study is to i...

    Authors: Hanyi Chen, Yaying Zhang, Linlin Ma, Fangmin Liu, Weiwei Zheng, Qinfeng Shen, Hongmei Zhang, Xiao Wei, Dajun Tian, Gengsheng He and Weidong Qu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:450

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  12. Content type: Study protocol

    Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with increased risk of morbidity and premature mortality. Among those at high risk, incidence can be halved through healthy changes in behaviour. Information about genetic a...

    Authors: Job G Godino, Esther MF van Sluijs, Theresa M Marteau, Stephen Sutton, Stephen J Sharp and Simon J Griffin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:444

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Social determinants have been described as having a greater influence than other determinants of health status. The major social determinants of health and the necessary policy objectives have been defined; it...

    Authors: Evci (Kiraz) Emine Didem, Ergin Filiz, Okur Orhan, Saruhan Gulnur and Beser Erdal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:437

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Perceived body appearance and body satisfaction are potentially related to weight problems and poor health. The purpose of this study was to examine how gender, and ethnic differences in body satisfaction, per...

    Authors: Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Ronald J Iannotti, Tilda Farhat and Vijaya Thomas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:425

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  15. Content type: Research article

    An increase in new HIV cases among men who have sex with men (MSM) has been reported in Switzerland since 2001. A rapid result HIV testing for MSM through voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) facility (“Che...

    Authors: Cédric Gumy, André Jeannin, Hugues Balthasar, Thérèse Huissoud, Vincent Jobin, Michael Häusermann, Hubert Crevoisier, Philippe Sudre and Françoise Dubois-Arber

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:422

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  16. Content type: Research article

    While the majority of the health messages on cigarette packages contain threatening health information, previous studies indicate that risk information can trigger defensive reactions, especially when the info...

    Authors: Loes TE Kessels and Robert AC Ruiter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:352

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Exercise referral schemes are one of the most popular forms of physical activity intervention in primary care in the UK and present an opportunity to better understand the factors related to exercise adherence...

    Authors: Patrick Tobi, Emee Vida Estacio, Ge Yu, Adrian Renton and Nena Foster

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:347

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Dietary habits in Morocco are changing and the causes are not well understood. This study aimed to analyse socio-demographic factors associated with adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) in a national ran...

    Authors: Karima El Rhazi, Chakib Nejjari, Dora Romaguera, Catherine Feart, Majdouline Obtel, Ahmed Zidouh, Rachid Bekkali and Pascale Barberger Gateau

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:345

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    The current academic literature suggests there is a potential for using gardening as a tool to improve children’s fruit and vegetable intake. This study is two parallel randomised controlled trials (RCT) devis...

    Authors: Meaghan S Christian, Charlotte EL Evans, Mark Conner, Joan K Ransley and Janet E Cade

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:304

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    Reversing the obesity epidemic requires the development and evaluation of childhood obesity intervention programs. Lifestyle Triple P is a parent-focused group program that addresses three topics: nutrition, p...

    Authors: Sanne MPL Gerards, Pieter C Dagnelie, Maria WJ Jansen, Lidy OHM van der Goot, Nanne K de Vries, Matthew R Sanders and Stef PJ Kremers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:267

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Alcohol makes an important contribution to premature mortality in many countries in Eastern Europe, including Estonia. However, the full extent of its impact, and the mechanisms underlying it, are challenging ...

    Authors: Inge Ringmets, Jana Tuusov, Katrin Lang, Marika Väli, Kersti Pärna, Mailis Tõnisson, Anders Helander, Martin McKee and David A Leon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:146

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  22. Content type: Research article

    A significant proportion of road traffic crashes are attributable to alcohol and marijuana use while driving globally. Sale and use of both substances is illegal in Pakistan and is not considered a threat for ...

    Authors: Mohammed Umer Mir, Imran Khan, Bilal Ahmed and Junaid Abdul Razzak

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:145

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  23. Content type: Research article

    High levels of airborne particles from secondhand smoke have been reported in California Indian casinos. Yet, little is known regarding the smoking status of casino patrons, their avoidance of secondhand smoke...

    Authors: David S Timberlake, Jun Wu and Wael K Al-Delaimy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:144

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Socio-ecological models emphasize the relationship between the physical environment and physical activity (PA). However, knowledge about this relationship in older adults is limited. Therefore, the present stu...

    Authors: Jelle Van Cauwenberg, Peter Clarys, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Veerle Van Holle, Dominique Verté, Nico De Witte, Liesbeth De Donder, Tine Buffel, Sarah Dury and Benedicte Deforche

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:142

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  25. Content type: Research article

    In Vietnam, efforts are underway to improve latrine use in rural and remote areas with particular focus on increasing coverage of sanitation in schools. However, there is a lack of information on how the schoo...

    Authors: Le thi Thanh Xuan, Luu Ngoc Hoat, Thilde Rheinländer, Anders Dalsgaard and Flemming Konradsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:140

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  26. Content type: Correspondence

    Commercial food marketing has considerably shaped consumer food choice behaviour. Meanwhile, public health campaigns for healthier eating have had limited impact to date. Social marketing suggests that success...

    Authors: Jessica Aschemann-Witzel, Federico JA Perez-Cueto, Barbara Niedzwiedzka, Wim Verbeke and Tino Bech-Larsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:139

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Recent studies have suggested that vitamin D deficiency in children is widespread. But the vitamin D status of Chinese children is seldom investigated. The objective of the present study was to survey the seru...

    Authors: Zhiwei Zhu, Jianying Zhan, Jie Shao, Weijun Chen, Liqin Chen, Wenhao Li, Chai Ji and Zhengyan Zhao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:126

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Although various studies have found a positive association between neighborhood social capital and individual health, the mechanism explaining this direct effect is still unclear. Neighborhood social capital i...

    Authors: Sigrid M Mohnen, Beate Völker, Henk Flap and Peter P Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:116

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Emergency contraception (EC) is a type of modern contraception which is indicated after unprotected sexual intercourse when regular contraception is not in use. The importance of EC is evident in preventing un...

    Authors: Fatuma A Ahmed, Kontie M Moussa, Karen O Petterson and Benedict O Asamoah

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:110

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Approximately 32,000 people take their own lives every year in the United States. In Kentucky, suicide mortality rates have been steadily increasing since 1999. Few studies in the United States have assessed s...

    Authors: Daniel M Saman, Sabrina Walsh, Anna Borówko and Agricola Odoi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:108

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Breastfeeding has been shown consistently in observational studies to be protective of overweight and obesity in later life. This study aimed to investigate the association between breastfeeding duration and w...

    Authors: Jane A Scott, Su Y Ng and Lynne Cobiac

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:107

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  32. Content type: Correspondence

    This paper describes the development of culturally-appropriate family-based interventions and their relevant measures, to promote family health, happiness and harmony in Hong Kong. Programs were developed in t...

    Authors: Sunita M Stewart, Cecilia S Fabrizio, Malia R Hirschmann and Tai Hing Lam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:106

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  33. Content type: Research article

    In order to inform interventions to prevent sedentariness, more longitudinal studies are needed focusing on stability and change over time in multiple sedentary behaviours. This paper investigates patterns of ...

    Authors: Mekdes K Gebremariam, Torunn H Totland, Lene F Andersen, Ingunn H Bergh, Mona Bjelland, May Grydeland, Yngvar Ommundsen and Nanna Lien

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:104

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Smoking during pregnancy is associated with known adverse perinatal and obstetrical outcomes as well as with socio-economic, demographic and other behavioural risk factors that independently influence outcomes...

    Authors: Anders C Erickson and Laura T Arbour

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:102

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Breast and cervical cancer screening are widely recognized as effective preventive procedures in reducing cancer mortality. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of socioeconomic disparities in the ...

    Authors: Gianfranco Damiani, Bruno Federico, Danila Basso, Alessandra Ronconi, Caterina Bianca Neve Aurora Bianchi, Gian Marco Anzellotti, Gabriella Nasi, Franco Sassi and Walter Ricciardi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:99

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  36. Content type: Research article

    China is in the midst of history's largest flow of rural-urban migration in the world; a flow that includes growing numbers of children and adolescents. Their health status is an important public health issue....

    Authors: Zheng-hong Mao and Xu-dong Zhao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:97

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Obesity and its measure of body mass index are strongly determined by parental body size. Debate continues as to whether both parents contribute equally to offspring body mass which is key to understanding the...

    Authors: Celine M Murrin, Gabrielle E Kelly, Richard E Tremblay and Cecily C Kelleher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:81

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Health literacy concerns the knowledge and competences of persons to meet the complex demands of health in modern society. Although its importance is increasingly recognised, there is no consensus about the de...

    Authors: Kristine Sørensen, Stephan Van den Broucke, James Fullam, Gerardine Doyle, Jürgen Pelikan, Zofia Slonska and Helmut Brand

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:80

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  39. Content type: Research article

    If brief and easy to use self report screening tools are available to identify frail elderly, this may avoid costs and unnecessary assessment of healthy people. This study investigates the predictive validity ...

    Authors: Ramon Daniels, Erik van Rossum, Anna Beurskens, Wim van den Heuvel and Luc de Witte

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:69

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Marital distress and depression frequently co-occur, and partnership quality is associated with depressive symptoms and mental disorders in both men and women. One aim of this study was to investigate the cont...

    Authors: Gun-Mette B Røsand, Kari Slinning, Malin Eberhard-Gran, Espen Røysamb and Kristian Tambs

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:66

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Cross-sectional studies have reported associations between social support and health, but prospective evidence is less conclusive. This study aims to investigate the associations of positive and negative exper...

    Authors: Simone Croezen, H Susan J Picavet, Annemien Haveman-Nies, WM Monique Verschuren, Lisette CPGM de Groot and Pieter van't Veer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:65

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Reports on the state of knowledge about medicines and driving showed an increased concern about the role that the use of medicines might play in car crashes. Much of patient knowledge regarding medicines comes...

    Authors: Susana P Monteiro, Liset van Dijk, Alain G Verstraete, F Javier Álvarez, Michael Heissing and Johan J de Gier

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:59

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Men who have sex with men (MSM) have become a high-risk group of HIV infection in China. To date, little is known regarding the behavioral, social and psychological characteristics in Chinese MSM, which makes ...

    Authors: Guanzhi Chen, Yang Li, Beichuan Zhang, Zengzhao Yu, Xiufang Li, Lixin Wang and Ziming Yu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:58

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Intermittent monitoring of food intake at the population level is essential for the planning and evaluation of national dietary intervention programs. Social-economic changes in Lithuania have likely affected ...

    Authors: Apolinaras Zaborskis, Reda Lagunaite, Ryan Busha and Jolita Lubiene

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2012 12:52

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