Covariation among Health-Related Behaviors
Community and Global Health (CGU)
Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health | Substance Abuse and Addiction
There is substantial covariation in the use of alcohol, cigarettes, and hard drugs and it has been suggested that different types of drug use are part of a “syndrome” of behavior that may include other health-related and “problem” behaviors. A critical challenge is the determination of the behaviors included within this syndrome and the mapping of the perimeter. In this study, six health-related behaviors (meal regularity, hard drug use, alcohol use, cigarette use, exercise, hours of sleep) were intercorrelated and factor analyzed in both a high school and a college sample. Consistent with previous research, alcohol use, cigarette use, and hard drug use were significantly associated in each of four subsamples (sex by sample) and formed a cohesive drug use factor. The measures of meal regularity, exercise, and hours of sleep were found to lie outside the perimeter of the drug use behaviors, with meal regularity consistently residing closest to the perimeter.
© 1984 Elsevier Ltd.
Hays, Roy, Alan W. Stacy, and M. Robin DiMatteo. Covariation among Health-Related Behaviors. Addictive Behaviors 9.3 (1984): 315-318. doi: 10.1016/0306-4603(84)90028-5