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      Turkish Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors and Self-Esteem

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      Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal
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          We examined health risk behaviors and self-esteem of 1,361 adolescents in Adiyaman, Turkey. The data were obtained using the Health Risk Behaviors Scale (HRBS; Çimen & Savaşer, 2003) and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (SES; Rosenberg, 1965). The most frequent predictor of risky behavior in adolescents was physical activity. Nutrition, psychosocial, hygiene, and substance abuse issues were also significant predictors of risky behavior. The results indicated that age, year at school (grade), gender, self-esteem, and school performance all had a strong impact on health risk behaviors. Adolescents must be made aware of health risk issues associated with physical activity, nutrition, hygiene, and substance abuse.

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          Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal
          soc behav pers
          Scientific Journal Publishers Ltd
          0301-2212
          March 01 2011
          March 01 2011
          : 39
          : 2
          : 219-227
          Article
          10.2224/sbp.2011.39.2.219
          53c6ad8e-c605-4aff-ab15-6a802108fa1c
          © 2011
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