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A study of the self-esteem and health-risk behaviors of junior high school students in Sansia Town, Taipei County
junior high school students
The purpose of this study was to realize the status of self-esteem and health-risk behaviors and to examine their relationships, and further to explore their related factors among junior high school students in Sansia Town. By using crowd random sampling method , 590 participants (17 classes), selected from three junior high schools in Sansia Town were surveyed with a self-administered questionnaire. There are 510 valid samples (89.3%) . Data was analyzed with independent-sample t test, one-way ANOVA, Pearson product-moment correlation and multiple linear regression. The main findings of the study were as follows： 1.The level of subjects’ global self-esteem and its 15 subscales were all presented with more positive status. 2.Most of them had the frequency of health-risk behaviors only once, twice or never happened. 3.It is shown that the higher the global self-esteem, the lower the occurrence of health-risk behaviors would be. 4.The seventh grade students, with higher academic performance, from two parents family, parents with education level of junior and senior high school or vocational schools, of more intimate relationships with parents, homeroom teachers and peers, their self-esteem was higher. 5.Students of eighth and ninth grade, with lower academic performance, from poor family structure, of poor relationship with parents, homeroom teachers and peers, their frequency of health-risk behaviors was higher. 6.The individual factors and relationships with significant others can predict the global self-esteem and the 15 subscales, with the explaining variance between 7% to 52%.They can also obvioursly predict global health-risk behaviors and five ingredients of health-risk behaviors, the prediction value is between 8% to 24%. Base on the conclusions of this study recommendations for both practical affairs and further studies were provided.
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