J Korean Acad Nurs.  1998 Dec;28(4):931-940.

The Study on Health Behavior among Korean Adults

  • 1Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Dankook University, Korea. rich@healthis.org


This study was done to describe health behavior and determine affecting factors in Korean adults, based on the Health Behavior Assessment tool. The subjects were sample of 298 adults from five cities. The instrument for this study were Health Behavior Assessment tool(30 items, 4scale). Frequency, percentage, t-test, ANOVA, cluster analysis with SPSS program were used to analyze the data. The results of the study are as follows; 1) The average item score for health behavior was 2.56, the highest score on the subscale was limitation of liking(M=3.16), followed by stress management(M=2.98), nutrition(M=2.82), energy conservation(M=2.67). 2) A significant difference between age, sex, perception of health, and health behavior were found. 3) Pattern of health behavior among Korean adults focused on stress management in order to obtain emotional stability, and balance and harmony in dietary life, and energy conservation. Patterns of health behavior in Korean adults is unique in each individual. Therefore nursing intervention skill for health promotion have to be developed based on the health behavior in each individual.


Health behavior; Korean adults

MeSH Terms

Health Behavior*
Health Promotion
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