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Health related behavior patterns and associated factors among marriage immigrant women using latent class analysis
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Health related behavior patterns and associated factors among marriage immigrant women using latent class analysis
Cho, Wonsup; Yoo, Seunghyun; Kim, Hyekyeong;
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Objectives: This paper aims to identify the health related behaviors patterns and its associated factors among marriage immigrant women in Korea, and discusses their application to health promotion strategies. Methods: The study participants were 7,591 immigrant wives in Gyeonggi province who participated in health examinations conducted by the Korea Association of Health Promotion in 2011-2013. The participants completed self-administered questionnaires on sociodemographics, psychological characteristics, health status and health care factors, and health related behaviors. Results: A 3-latent-class model of health behaviors was identified related to `lack of physical activity`, `abnormal diet`, and `not experienced medical check-up`: `high risk class`, `middle risk class`, and `low risk class`. Most of the participants belong to `middle risk class`. Country of origin, age, length of stay, number of children, work status, health insurance status, and unmet health care needs were associated with problematic health behaviors in middle risk health behavior class. Conclusions: Health promotion and intervention programs for marriage immigrant women and their family members need to consider the health behavior patterns of physical inactivity, abnormal diet and no medical check-up and develop multiple behavior intervention with pre-existing program modification.
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