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Korean Journal of Preventive Medicine 2000;33(4): 415-425.
Factors Related to Self-Perceived Health of Young Adults.
Kee Ho Park, Woohyun Cho, Il Suh, Jong Ku Park
1Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine.
2Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Yonsei University College of Medicine.
OBJECTIVES: To determine which factors are related to young adults perception of their health. Two research questions were asked. Which aspects of health does self-perceived health as a index of general health reflect? Why do two individuals with the same level of general health have different health perceptions? METHODS: The sampling frame comprised college or graduate school students, aged 20 to 29, who were members of A, one of the 4 biggest internet communication services. The questionnaires were sent to study samples(n= 1,000) and answered by E-mail. Response rate was 37.0%. RESULTS: Firstly, physical health ranked highest and self-perceived health ranked lowest. Secondly, health, anxiety, depression, and self-perceived health showed significant differences between the sexes, with women showing a higher health status in these categories except for self-perceived health. Thirdly, the two factors significantly related to self-perceived health were physical health and self-esteem, as determined by multivariate analysis. CONCLUSIONS: The factors significantly related to self-perceived health were physical health and self-esteem. Further studies of the health characteristics of young adults are needed.
Key words: Self-perceived health; Young adult; Internet; E-mail; Physical health; Self-esteem
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