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68, 2018   -   Pages: 199-206
HYGIENIC ASPECTS OF EVALUATION OF COGNITIVE-MOTIVATIONAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH-PROMOTING LIFESTYLE OF SENIOR PUPILS IN SECONDARY COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS
R.V. Tekliuk1, I.V. Serheta1
1 NATIONAL PIROGOV MEMORIAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY

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SUMMRY:
Cognitive-motivational determinants of individual health comprise individuals general knowledge of health and motivational mechanisms of health-promoting behavior, such as importance of health, perceived beneficial and harmful factors, perceived control of health, barriers to healthy lifestyle, etc. The present study examined the locus of control, perceived health control and personal interest in health-related topics among 115 adolescent males and 124 females who are studying at secondary comprehensive schools of Vinnytsia city.
The aim of the study was to examine the relationship of these factors with each other, as well as with proactive health behaviour and health risks. No significant relationship was found among the locus of control, perceived health control and personal interest in health-related topics. However, the findings of the study revealed that high internal locus of control in adolescent males and females had significant correlation with attempts to avoid a number of health risks, but rarely with any cases of proactive health behaviour. A vast majority of adolescents have claimed their own responsibility for their health in last 14 years. These females tend to avoid risky behaviour, whereas males do not show any substantial decline in health risks, but they tend to support gender equality in the issues of readiness of both sexes to give birth and take care of a child. The most alarming determinant is absence of personal interest in health-related topics in adolescent females, because it suggests lack of health competence aggravated by the inability of the girls to resist harmful influence of their risk-prone background. In adolescent males absence of personal interest in health-related topics indicates the fact that health is not the major value of their life.

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