Correlates Among Healthy Lifestyle Cognitive Beliefs, Healthy Lifestyle Choices, Social Support, and Healthy Behaviors in Adolescents: Implications for Behavioral Change Strategies and Future Research

Stephanie A. Kelly, Bernadette M. Melnyk, Diana L. Jacobson, Judith A. O'Haver

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Abstract

Introduction: The foundation for healthy lifestyle behaviors begins in childhood. As such, the relationships among cognitive beliefs, healthy lifestyle choices, and healthy lifestyle behaviors in adolescents have been explored. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationships among cognitive variables, social support, and healthy lifestyle behaviors in adolescents. Method: A descriptive correlational design was used for this study. Students from two high schools in the Southwest United States were recruited to participate (N = 404). Results: Significant correlations existed among cognitive variables, social support, behavioral skills, and health lifestyle behaviors. Discussion: This study demonstrated that cognitive beliefs about leading a healthy lifestyle, including attitudes and intended choices, are related to physical activity as well as the intake of fruits and vegetables. In working with adolescents on healthy lifestyle behavior change, it is important to implement strategies to strengthen their cognitive beliefs about their ability to make healthy choices and engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors. Strengthening these beliefs should lessen their perception that these behaviors are difficult to perform, which ultimately should result in healthy behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-223
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Cognition
  • Correlation studies
  • Health
  • Lifestyle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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