Regional Chief Nursing Officer for Al-Gharbia Hospitals Nursing Administration; Adjunct Faculty, College of Health Sciences at Walden University; Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University
Determinants of health-promoting lifestyle behaviors among arab immigrants from the region of the levant
Article first published online: 30 AUG 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 36, Issue 5, pages 466–477, October 2013
How to Cite
Aqtash, S. and Van Servellen, G. (2013), Determinants of health-promoting lifestyle behaviors among arab immigrants from the region of the levant. Res. Nurs. Health, 36: 466–477. doi: 10.1002/nur.21555
The author would like to acknowledge the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International for awarding this study Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grant Award, ID #3041. Special thanks to Dr. Adeline Nyamathi, Dr. Joyce Giger, Dr. Donald Morisky, Dr. David Elashoff, Dr. Phil Ender, and to the translators and research team. Special appreciation to Dr. Omar Shafey from Health Authority of Abu-Dhabi, UAE.
- Issue published online: 17 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 30 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JUN 2013
- Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile;
- health promotion;
- wellness behaviors;
- unhealthy behaviors;
- health status;
- Arab immigrants
Arab immigrants in the United States are at risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. We explored health-promoting lifestyle behaviors among Arab immigrants to the United States from the Middle Eastern region of the Levant. In 218 male and female Arab adults surveyed with the revised Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile (HPLP-II), the mean for the HPLP-II was 2.73 (range 1–4), with spiritual growth and interpersonal relations the most frequently reported practices and physical activity the least frequently practiced dimension of health-promoting behaviors. Multiple linear regression analysis highlighted four determinants of health-promoting lifestyle behaviors: health insurance, acculturation, self-efficacy, and social support. Health promotion programs serving Arab immigrants should take these determinants into consideration. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 36: 466–477, 2013.