Ecological Influences on Health-promoting and Behaviors

  • Cooper S
  • Guthrie B
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Abstract

An ecological framework provides the underpinnings for the examination of factors associated with the health-promoting and health-compromising behaviors of African American adolescent females (N=137). Findings indicate that more positive family, peer, and neighborhood factors were associated with less engagement in health-compromising behaviors and increased engagement in health-promoting behaviors. Also, more positive family interactions buffered the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and adolescents' engagement in health-compromising behaviors. Overall, the findings suggest that the health-related behaviors of African American adolescent females are best understood in the context of their social relationships and environmental contexts.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • African Americans
  • African Americans: psychology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Logistic Models
  • Risk-Taking
  • Urban Population
  • Women
  • Women: psychology

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Authors

  • Shauna M Cooper

  • Barbara Guthrie

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