Self-esteem and Health Risk Behaviors Among College Students

Weaver, Brittany and Calnan, Tamara and Benally, Cura and Santiago, Autumn (2010) Self-esteem and Health Risk Behaviors Among College Students. [Abstract]

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Many studies have examined the correlation between self-esteem and alcohol consumption among college students. Self-esteem has long been considered an important factor in individual drinking behavior (Corbin, McNair, & Carter, 2001). But what about other health risk behaviors, such as smoking cigarettes and smoking marijuana? Although some of the literature is inconsistent as to the exact nature of the relationship between self-esteem and smoking cigarettes, several studies have demonstrated a link between low self-esteem and increased cigarette use in adolescents (Kavas, 2009). The purpose of this study was to replicate Aysenur Kavas (2009) study using the three prominent ethnicities of Southwest Colorado: Caucasians, Hispanics, and Native Americans. Our study measured levels of self-esteem, compassion towards oneself and others, and quantity of health risk behaviors. The purpose of our research was to observe any correlations between self-esteem and health risk behaviors among the three different ethnicities.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 5th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Analysis Of Variance (anova), Medical Care, Public Health, Health Surveys, Health Attitudes, Health Behavior, Self Esteem, Smoking -- Psychological Aspects, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, Southwest Colorado, Risk Factors, Cigarette Smokers, Alcoholism, Marijuana, Substance Use, Self-perception, Belief & Doubt
Subjects: NBS Symposium
Interdisciplinary > Pre-Health
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Public Health
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 12:22
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 12:22

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