International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 11 Num. 1 - March 2011


Changes in Risk and Health Behaviors in Argentinian University Students throughout the Educational Period

Volume 11 Num. 1 - March 2011 - Pages 139-147


Mar?a Victoria Intra , Jes?s Gil Roales-Nieto , Emilio Moreno San Pedro


The present study has as main goal the exploration of risk behaviors in a sample of 85 university undergraduated students from the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina. All participants responded to a annonymous questionnaire with items related to health habits in food, sleep, exercise, substance use, and beliefs about health status. The results indicated that incoming students differ in their risk profiles from the students of last course. In addition, 42% of the students of last course reports not to have received information about health in university. A high percentage of students report positive beliefs on his/her health status regardless to the report of several risk behaviors. We discuss if the university education context need to pay more attention to health education.

Key words:

risk behaviors, health beliefs, university students.

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