The prediction of health-related behaviour in elementary school children

  • Lohaus A
  • Klein-Hessling J
  • Ball J
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This study investigates the importance of psychological concepts with regard to health-related behaviour in elementary school children based on self-report data of 802 second- and fourth-graders. The results show significant relations of self-efficacy and the choice of appropriate coping strategies to positive health-related behaviours. The amount of stress experiences (measured by the Youth Self-Report) is associated to health-risky behaviours for the total sample and for the gender subgroups, while the other predictor variables show inconsistent relations for different subgroups. The significance of the results for health-promotion during early developmental stages is discussed.

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  • Coping
  • Health promotion
  • Health-related behaviour
  • Psychological symptoms
  • Self-efficacy
  • Somatic symptoms

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  • Arnold Lohaus

  • Johannes Klein-Hessling

  • Juliane Ball

  • Martin Wild

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