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Hazardous Health Behaviour among Medical Students: a Study from Turkey
- Nacar, Melis (Medical Education, Medicine, Erciyes University) ;
- Cetinkaya, Fevziye (Public Health, Medicine, Erciyes University) ;
- Baykan, Zeynep (Medical Education, Medicine, Erciyes University) ;
- Yilmazel, Gulay (Nursery, School of Health, Hitit University) ;
- Elmali, Ferhan (Biostatistic, Medicine, Erciyes University)
- Published : 2015.12.03
Background: Hazardous health behaviour in young people is an important factor that affects the individual risk for non-communicable diseases and other disorders later in life. This study aimed to determine the hazardous health behaviour of first and last class medical students of Erciyes University. Materials and Methods: This descriptive study was carried out with 240 medical students from the first and 130 students from the last (sixth) class. Data were obtained by questionnaire between March-April 2012. In total, 339 students were included with a response rate of 91.6%. Socio-demographic characteristics, school success, self-reported economic difficulties, health perceptions, hazardous health behaviour related to chronic disease, tobacco, alcohol, substance use, body weight, height, traffic, violence and nutrition were assessed in line with the literature. Results: Of the participants; 64.0% were from first and 36.0% were from the last class. Mean ages for the first and last classes were
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