Health Promoting Life Style and Its Related Factors in Female Adolescents

Type Journal Article - Journal of Midwifery and Reproductive Health
Title Health Promoting Life Style and Its Related Factors in Female Adolescents
Volume 1
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 42-49
Background & aim: One of the main strategies for keeping health is having healthy life
style. Due to important role of adolescent health in community health promotion, this
study aimed to determine health promoting life style in adolescent girls of high schools
and its associated factors in Mashhad, Iran.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 810 girls ranging in age from 14
to 18 years old, who were studying in high schools and selected using cluster sampling
from in Mashhad, Iran in 2013. They completed a demographic questionnaire as well
as Adolescent Health Promotion (AHP) scale. Data were analyzed by statistical tests of
Mann-Whitney U, Kruskal-Wallis, Freedman, Wilcoxon, Spearman correlation
coefficient and General linear model.
Results: The mean age of subjects was 15.51±0.98 and the mean score of life style was
63.92±12.01. The highest score of life style subscales was allocated to the spiritual
growth or life-appreciation (77.66±15.56) and the least to the physical and sport
activities (51.66±22.49). There was a significant relationship between the life style
score of adolescents with parents’ educational level (mother P=0.024, father P=0.014).
However no significant relationship was found between adolescents' life style and their
residential area and also parent's job. Among different dimensions of life style, the
highest correlation was seen between spiritual growth and life style total score
Conclusion: Based on the findings, it is necessary to prioritize implementing of healthrelated
educational programs in order to changing and modification of unhealthy life
style related factors, with focus on sport activities as well as health and nutrition. Also
it is needed to provide special facilities to select healthy living behaviors among

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