An Examination of College Student Health Knowledge
A Reporting of College Student Health Knowledge, Elmhurst College, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Kathy Sexton-Radek
PhD, C.BSM, A Reporting of College Student Health Knowledge, Elmhurst College, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 23, 2016; Accepted date: September 14, 2016; Published date: September 16, 2016
Citation: Sexton-Radek K (2016) An Examination of College Student Health Knowledge. J Health Edu Res Dev 4:188. doi: 10.4172/2380-5439.1000188
Copyright: © 2016 Sexton-Radek K. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
College students possess an omnipresence reference that influences their assumptions that their youth is equated to good health. For the most part, this logic prevails, until a closer examination of college life experiences reports high risk behaviours, struggles with health issues and the onset of conditions that were preventable by a healthier lifestyle. Suicide deaths, risky sexual practices, sleep deprivation, substance use represent more of the impactful unhealthy practices and missed meals, non-nutritious food intake and untreated colds/coughs represent the more moderate health concerns of college students. The current investigation explored the health knowledge of college students. Results from a pre-test to post-test case control design indicated a statistically significant difference in health knowledge following a Health Psychology course/educational intervention. The overall number correct on a textbook publisher instrument of Health Knowledge was used as the dependent variable. With no significant differences found for demographic variables of age, gender, number of health related courses taken the data was collapsed into a single group for analysis. The results are presented and discussed in terms of low and high areas of knowledge.