A Comparison of Factors Influencing Health Risk Behaviour of College Students in the Countries of the Carpathian Basin

Kovács, Klára (2018) A Comparison of Factors Influencing Health Risk Behaviour of College Students in the Countries of the Carpathian Basin. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH, 13 (2). ISSN 1788-4934 (In Press)

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An examination of the health behaviour of college students is important from several aspects. First, starting and continuing studies, being detached from the family and friends creates a new situation for students (GREEN et al. 2001), the decreasing of parental control may test the development of self-regulation of a young person. The chances of harmful forms of behaviour, especially binge drinking, increase among students (VON AH et al. 2004; HUNT & EISENBERG 2010; O'MALLEY & JOHNSTON 2002). In our study we intended to find out how individual and socio-economic factors influence the health risk behaviour (smoking, excessive use of alcohol and drugs) of higher education students in Central and Eastern European countries. For the analyses, we used a data base of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD-H) including the higher education institutions in the border regions of five countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia) (IESA 2015, N=2,017). Our results show that although the regions concerned share similar historical and cultural traditions, there are different factors influencing the health behaviour of students in the countries concerned. In general, we may state that, with the exception of Serbia, health risk behaviour is more characteristic of male students than of women. Subjective financial situation plays a role in health-risk behaviour of students in Hungary only. The social-partying way of life is a risk factor in almost all the regions concerned. Recreational activity is a protective factor in Hungary against substance use, as well as sport among the Subcarpathian students. Being familiar with the meaning of life is a protective factor for the students in the Partium and Transylvania. The level and different dimension of individual trust has an inconsistence influence in the specific countries.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HM Sociology / társadalomkutatás > HM1 Sociological points of view / szociológiai irányzatok
L Education / oktatás > L1 Education (General) / oktatás általában
Depositing User: Dr. Klára Kovács-Nagy
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 08:14
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 08:14

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