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Does Better Health-Related Knowledge Predict Favorable Health Behavior in Adolescents?

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Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, University of Debrecen, 26. Kassai street, 4028 Debrecen, Hungary
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Doctoral School of Health Sciences, University of Debrecen, 26. Kassai street, 4028 Debrecen, Hungary
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Division of Health Promotion, Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, University of Debrecen, 26. Kassai street, 4028 Debrecen, Hungary
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(5), 1680; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051680
Received: 23 January 2020 / Revised: 25 February 2020 / Accepted: 3 March 2020 / Published: 4 March 2020
The importance of puberty on later health status and behavior is indisputable, which also means that it is worth making intervention efforts during this period of life. However, whether better health-related knowledge is correlated with favorable health behavior in adolescents is an important, still unanswered question. Our objective was to examine this relationship. The participants were ninth-grade secondary school students. Data were collected using anonymous, self-administered questionnaires. The knowledge-related questions were compiled by the authors, while the questions concerning eating habits, physical activity, demographic and socioeconomic data were taken from the Health Behavior in School-Aged Children survey. The relationship between knowledge and behavior was investigated with structural equation modeling adjusted for gender, age, and socioeconomic status. The results demonstrated a good fit to the data, but better knowledge was not related to behavior in our sample. This finding suggests that adolescents’ health behavior is highly influenced by the living context; therefore, appropriate knowledge is necessary but not sufficient to improve adolescents’ behavior. Hence, comprehensive health promotion programs could provide solutions for encouraging healthy behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: health behavior; health-related knowledge; youth; physical activity; nutrition health behavior; health-related knowledge; youth; physical activity; nutrition
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Nagy-Pénzes, G.; Vincze, F.; Sándor, J.; Bíró, É. Does Better Health-Related Knowledge Predict Favorable Health Behavior in Adolescents? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1680. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051680

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Nagy-Pénzes G, Vincze F, Sándor J, Bíró É. Does Better Health-Related Knowledge Predict Favorable Health Behavior in Adolescents? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(5):1680. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051680

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Nagy-Pénzes, Gabriella, Ferenc Vincze, János Sándor, and Éva Bíró. 2020. "Does Better Health-Related Knowledge Predict Favorable Health Behavior in Adolescents?" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 5: 1680. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17051680

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