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Health Behavior Correlates Among Colon Cancer Survivors: NC STRIDES Baseline Results

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Objective: To examine health behaviors (fruit/vegetable intake and physical activity) and their association with social cognitive theory (SCT) constructs among colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors (n=304) and comparable non-CRC-affected participants (n = 521). Methods: Baseline data were analyzed bivariately and modeled with linear regression. Participants were48 female, 36 African American (mean age = 67). Results: Behaviors were comparable between groups, but survivors perceived more social support for behaviors (P <.05). Lack of employment was associated with greater frequency of healthy behaviors (P <.05) as were more modifiable factors including higher self-efficacy and lower barriers. Conclusions: SCT constructs were associated with behavior and may be targets for future interventions, but other variables may be important as well.

Keywords: cancer survivors; colon cancer; diet; health behavior; physical activity

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: November 1, 2006

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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