Health behaviors among individuals with schizophrenia and depression

Leas, Loranie and McCabe, Marita 2007, Health behaviors among individuals with schizophrenia and depression, Journal of health psychology: an interdisciplinary, international journal, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 563-579.


Title Health behaviors among individuals with schizophrenia and depression
Author(s) Leas, Loranie
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Journal of health psychology: an interdisciplinary, international journal
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Start page 563
End page 579
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1359-1053
1461-7277
Keyword(s) health behaviours
health risks
major depressive disorder
schizophrenia
health ri
Summary This article presents findings from a study that evaluated the utility of Protection Motivation Theory to explain cardiovascular health behaviors among people with schizophrenia (n = 83) and depression (n = 70). Results indicated that the prevalence of overweight, cigarette smoking and a sedentary lifestyle were greater among people with a mental illness compared to individuals without a mental illness. Major predictors were high levels of fear of cardiovascular disease, lack of knowledge of correct dietary principles, lower self-efficacy, limited social support and psychiatric symptoms. Implications of these results are discussed in designing education and preventive health programs for individuals with schizophrenia and Mental Depressive Disorder (MDD).
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007587

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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