Factors associated with perceived health among Korean adolescents

Jongserl Chun, Sunghee Nam, Ick Joong Chung, Hyunah Kang, Choong Rai Nho, Seokjin Woo

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This study examined the influences of personal, social, and environmental-structural factors on the perceived health of Korean adolescents. Using a two-stage generalized hierarchical logistic linear multilevel model, this study found that general high school enrollment, younger age, normal weight, and frequent exercise increased the likelihood of a positive self-perception of health. Higher levels of parental concern and quality of school life also contributed to the likelihood of students perceiving themselves as healthy. In contrast, psychological symptoms and negative self-esteem decreased the likelihood that students perceived themselves as healthy. The results provide implications for disease prevention and health promotion programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-539
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - 19 Sep 2014

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Korean Government (NRF-2013S1A3A2055259)


  • Adolescents
  • Environmental-structural factors
  • Perceived health
  • Personal factors
  • Social factors
  • South Korea


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