Health behavior correlates among colon cancer survivors: NC STRIDES baseline results

Aimee S. James, Marci K. Campbell, Brenda DeVellis, Jill Reedy, Carol Carr, Robert S. Sandler

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Abstract

Objective: To examine health behaviors (fruit/vegetable intake and physical activity) and their association with social cognitive theory (SCT) constructs among colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors (n=304) and comparable non-CRC-affected participants (n=521). Methods: Baseline data were analyzed bivariately and modeled with linear regression. Participants were 48% female, 36% African American (mean age = 67). Results: Behaviors were comparable between groups, but survivors perceived more social support for behaviors (P<.05). Lack of employment was associated with greater frequency of healthy behaviors (P<.05) as were more modifiable factors including higher self-efficacy and lower barriers. Conclusions: SCT constructs were associated with behavior and may be targets for future interventions, but other variables may be important as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-730
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cancer survivors
  • Colon cancer
  • Diet
  • Health behavior
  • Physical activity

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