Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to understand the relations between health-promoting lifestyles and life satisfaction in Taiwanese youths.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to understand the relations between health-promoting lifestyles, life satisfaction and academic achievement in Taiwanese youths.
Methods: A cross-session design was used to assess the relationship between the variables on academic achievement in Taiwanese youths. 292 participants were recruited and completed four instruments which include Demographic questionnaire, Academic Assessment questionnaire, Modified version of the Quality of Life questionnaire and Adolescent Health Promotion Scale. The data were collected in 2010.
Results: Participants ranged in age from 16 to 20 years, with a mean of 17.2 years (SD =.86).One hundred eighty six (61.8%) participants identified their body weight were proper and eighty-eight participants (29.2%) believed themselves were over-weight. Correlational analyses indicated that perceived life satisfaction was significantly associated with engagement in a health-promoting lifestyles (p <.01). Significant negative correlations were found between life satisfaction, health-promoting lifestyles and body weight (p < .05). As body weight increase, level of life satisfaction and health-promotion lifestyles decreased. In addition, the health-promoting behaviors level was significant higher in rural than urban residents (P < .01). However, academic achievement was related neither life satisfaction nor health-promoting lifestyles.
Conclusion: Health value and health-promoting lifestyles significant contributed to perceived life satisfaction of the youths. Health professionals can design and evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs that empower adolescents to enforce health self-efficacy and to engage in health-promoting behaviors.