H1N1 preventive health behaviors in a university setting

Rebecca Katz, Larissa S May, Megan Sanza, Lindsay Johnston, Bruno Petinaux

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Abstract

Background: When H1N1 emerged in 2009, institutions of higher education were immediately faced with questions about how best to protect their community from the virus, yet limited information existed to help predict student preventive behaviors. Methods: The authors surveyed students at a large urban university in November 2009 to better understand how students perceived their susceptibility to and the severity of H1N1, which preventive behaviors they engaged in, and if policies impacted their preventive health decisions. Results: Preventive health behavior messaging had a mixed impact on students. Students made simple behavior changes to protect themselves from H1N1, especially if they perceived a high personal risk of contracting H1N1. Although policies were instituted to enable students to avoid classes when ill, almost no student self-isolated for the entire duration of their illness. Conclusions: These findings can help inform future decision making in a university setting to best influence preventive health behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-56
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • community health
  • H1N1
  • health behaviors
  • health education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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