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Relationships between Knowledge, Attitude and Preventive Health Behavior about Cancer in University Students

대학생의 암에 대한 지식, 태도 및 예방적 건강행위의 관계

  • Received : 2012.01.05
  • Accepted : 2012.01.27
  • Published : 2012.02.29

Abstract

Purpose: The study was to identify the relationships between levels of knowledge, attitude and preventive health behavior about cancer in university students. Methods: The data were analyzed with the SPSS/Win 18.0 program. The participants of this study were 200 university students. Three kinds of instruments were used for this study, questionnaires about cancer-related knowledge, attitude and preventive health behavior from Suh et al. (1998). Results: The mean score for knowledge about cancer was $14.33{\pm}5.32$, the mean score of attitude toward cancer was $31.76{\pm}3.75$ and the mean score of preventive behavior for cancer was $57.20{\pm}8.48$. There was slightly positive correlation between knowledge of cancer and attitude toward cancer. There was positive correlation between the attitude toward cancer and preventive health behavior for cancer. Conclusion: It is necessary to consider the related factors for the development and implementation of systematic education programs that can encourage and promote preventive health behavior for cancer among university students.

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