Health-promoting lifestyles and personality among Black South African Students

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Karl Peltzer
Cite this article:  Peltzer, K. (2002). Health-promoting lifestyles and personality among Black South African Students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 30(4), 417-422.


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The aim of this study was to investigate health-promoting lifestyles (HPLP) and personality in black South African students. The sample included 606 students: 236 Grade 12, secondary school and 370 first year social science university students in South Africa. Results indicate a reasonable percentage of health-promoting lifestyles with a mean of 2.72. Secondary school students reported more overall health-promoting lifestyles than did university students. Multiple stepwise regression identified the Lie scale, Neuroticism, and Psychoticism as independent predictors for the total HPLP; Extraversion, gender and group (= secondary or university students) were excluded.

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The financial assistance of the University of the North towards this research is hereby acknowledged. Acknowledgement is due also to reviewers including Dr. L. J. Francis

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Prof. Karl Peltzer, Health Behaviour Research Unit, University of the North, Private Bag X1106, Sovenga 0727, South Africa. (Pvte.) Phone/Fax 0027-15-2960937. Email: [email protected]

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