Association of Health-Related Behavior and Optimism with Mental Health among Czech and French university students

Authors

DOSEDLOVÁ Jaroslava KLIMUSOVÁ Helena JELÍNEK Martin HAVIGEROVÁ Jana Marie LAURENCE Kern

Year of publication 2016
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Description A higher rate of optimism is connected to a higher activity in general and specifically in the relationship to one's own health (Giltay, 2007; Posadzki, 2010). The main aim of our study is to express the dependency of components of health-related behavior on variables dispositional optimism and defensive pessimism and to verify intercultural differences in these relationships in 2 samples of Czech and French university students. The questionnaires LOT-R, DPQ and Health-related Behavior Scale were completed. Five factors explaining 45,6% of the total variance of 32 items of health-related behavior were as follows: healthy food, mental hygiene, regular daily regimen, physical activity, and avoiding addictive or harmful substances. Some results show that the link between optimism and health-related behavior could be culturally conditioned.
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