Objective: To assess the differences in health behavior between multiple-member and single-member households by gender. Methods: Face-to-face household survey interviews were conducted. The relationship between health behaviors and living arrangement was
assessed by adjusting for SES. Results: Women living alone exercised more and ate less food high in fat. More highly educated men were less likely to exercise 5 or more times a week than high school or less educated men. Conclusions: By analyzing local data,
a profile can be established to develop and implement appropriate public health programs aimed at these various target communities for effective intervention and healthy change in the community.
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.