Lifestyle health behaviours of 11- to 16-year-old youth with physical disabilities.
Source: Health Education Research 11(2):173-186.
Abstract: Secondary disabilities in youth with physical disabilities are mainly related to lifestyle habits and are preventable. With an aim to examine the health promotion needs, the Health Behaviors in School-aged Children, a WHO Cross-national Study questionnaire, was completed by 101 youth with physical disabilities. Furthermore, these responses were compared to youth in a Canadian national sample. It was observed that youth with physical disabilities were equally healthy as the national sample, but had increased symptoms of poor health such as headaches, stomachaches and backaches. Additionally, they were less likely to smoke, drink alcohol and use marijuana than their counterparts in the national sample. Less healthy diets, less exercise and more sedentary leisure activities were observed in youth with physical disabilities. Therefore, there is a need for promoting health strategies based on the individual risk patterns of youth with physical disabilities. (CIRRIE Abstract)
Institution: Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre, 350 Rumsey Road, Toronto M4G 1R8, Canada
Subject headings: Abstracts, Behavior, Children, Daily living, Diagnosis, Health promotion, Patient education, Personality, Physical disabilities, Quality of life, Questionnaires, Risk factors, Schools, Youth