Research in Nursing & Health

Cover image for Vol. 37 Issue 4

Edited By: Margaret H. Kearney, PhD, RN, FAAN

Impact Factor: 2.181

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 4/106 (Nursing (Science)); 4/104 (Nursing (Social Science))

Online ISSN: 1098-240X

Virtual Issue Series: Health Behavior Research


Virtual Issue Series: Health Behavior Research in RINAH 2007-2013

Unhealthy behavior is responsible for much chronic disease and can shorten lifespan by as much as a decade. Healthy behavior not only avoids these consequences but enhances quality of life. Nurses and other health scientists have made important contribution to our understanding of factors associated with healthy and unhealthy behaviors and with health professionals' readiness to help individuals to adopt health behaviors and reduce unhealthy ones. This 3-part Virtual Issues series will highlight recent RINAH publications on 3 clusters of behaviors with significant health impact: tobacco use, diet and exercise, and sexual risk reduction.

Health Behavior: Smoking
Health Behavior: Diet, Physical Activity, and Exercise
Health Behavior: Sexual Risk Reduction

Health Behavior: Smoking
Sources from RINAH 2007-2013
Tobacco use has been linked to a 10-year reduction in lifespan. It hurts not only the user but those in the environment, as second-hand smoke has harmful health effects. These articles, listed in reverse order of publication, exemplify the range of contributions of RINAH authors, including the experience of smokers and becoming a smoker, processes and outcomes of interventions to promote smoking cessation, and influences on nurses' readiness to assist their patients to quit.

Health Behavior: Diet, Physical Activity, and Exercise
Sources from RINAH 2007-2013
Healthy diet and regular physical activity and exercise combine to reduce obesity, control chronic conditions such as diabetes, and promote well-being in both healthy and ill populations across the lifespan. RINAH authors whose work is listed below in reverse order of publication have contributed to knowledge on predictors and correlates of physical activity and/or healthy eating in healthy and overweight adolescents and young adults and individuals with multiple sclerosis, diabetes, substance dependency, pregnancy, anxiety, or deafness. Effectiveness of interventions also has been examined.

Health Behavior: Sexual Risk Reduction
Sources from RINAH 2007-2013

Behavior to reduce risk of sexually transmitted infection and unintentional pregnancy during the childbearing years can promote health and prolong life. As with other health behaviors, sexual risk reduction involves knowledge, motivation, and autonomous action, and each of these components is influenced by context. Researchers publishing in RINAH recently have focused on adolescents and women of color in their search for influences on sexual risk-taking and approaches to reduce it.

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