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Title: Health policy perception and health behaviours: A multilevel analysis and implications for public health psychology
Authors: Von Lengerke, T.
Rutten, A.
Reitmeir, P.
Abel, T.
Kannas, L.
Luschen, G.
Diaz, JAR
Van der Zee, J.
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 9(1). p. 157-175
Abstract: Associations of health policy perception with health behaviours are analysed. Policy perception is differentiated in information about programmes and appraisal of health policy's contribution to policy goals, and conceptualized on the level of: (1) individuals; and (2) populations (as a social climate indicator). Survey data from the Biomed2-Project MAREPS gathered in Belgium, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland (N = 3343) show that at the individual level, only policy information is associated with utilizing mammography, quitting smoking, physical activity and political participation in creating healthy environments. In contrast, multilevel regression analyses show that policy appraisal is related to physical activity and political participation as a social climate factor. Implications for integrating health psychology and public health within public health psychology are discussed.
Notes: GSF, Natl Res Ctr Environm & Hlth, D-85758 Neuherberg, Germany. Limburgs Univ Ctr, Diepenbeek, Belgium. Univ Erlangen Nurnberg, Nurnberg, Germany. Univ Bern, Bern, Switzerland. Univ Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, Finland. Univ Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801 USA. Univ Barcelona, E-08007 Barcelona, Spain. Netherlands Inst Hlth Serv Res, Utrecht, Netherlands.Von Lengerke, T, GSF, Natl Res Ctr Environm & Hlth, POB 1129, D-85758 Neuherberg, Germany.lengerke@gsf.de
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/2573
DOI: 10.1177/1359105304036110
ISI #: 000188468300013
ISSN: 1359-1053
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2005
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