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Epidemiology and Health 2016;e2016022. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2016022    [Accepted]
Happiness and health behaviors in South Korean adolescents: a cross-sectional study
Su Yeon Kye , Keeho Park , Jeonghyun Kwon
National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea
Corresponding Author: Keeho Park ,Tel: 0319202160, Fax: 0319202969, Email: park.keeho@gmail.com
Received: 11 February 2016;  Accepted: 31 May 2016.  Published online: 31 May 2016.
ABSTRACT
Objectives:
We examined the associations between happiness and a wide range of health behaviors in South Korean adolescents.
Method:
Study data were derived from the ninth Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey (KYRBS) administered from June to July 2013. In addition to happiness levels, the questionnaire includes items on sociodemographics and health-related lifestyle factors (smoking, drinking, having breakfast, fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and hours of sleep).
Results:
The multivariate analysis revealed that higher levels of happiness were associated with smoking, drinking, having breakfast, eating fruits daily, vegetable intake, participating in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, sedentary behavior, and hours of sleep. Additionally, there were gender differences in relationships between happiness and eating fruit daily, participation in physical activity, and sedentary behavior.
Conclusions:
These results encourage public health professionals to consider the psychological aspects of adolescent life in working to improve their health behaviors and outcomes.
KEY WORDS: Adolescent; Happiness; Health behaviour
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