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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.
We examined the associations between happiness and a wide range of health behaviors in South Korean adolescents.
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).
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.
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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