Current Methods in Health Behavior Research Among U.S. Community College Students

A Review of the Literature

Pallav Pokhrel, Melissa Little, Thaddeus A. Herzog

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Abstract

The majority of health behavior research involving college students in the United States has focused on 4-year college students. Two-year or community college students have been less studied, although a significant proportion of U.S. undergraduates, primarily those from disadvantaged socioeconomic and/or racial/ethnic background, are enrolled in community colleges. Thus, there is a need to enhance health behavior and health promotion research among community college students. This study systematically reviewed 42 published, peer-reviewed health behavior studies conducted among U.S. community college students in order to determine the current state of research in the area with regard to behaviors studied, research designs used, recruitment and data collection strategies practiced, rates of student participation, and characteristics of the participants represented. Findings identified the methodological limitations of current research and suggested optimal recruitment and data collection methods suitable for various research needs. Findings are discussed in the context of enhancing health behavior research among U.S. community college students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-202
Number of pages25
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Current Methods in Health Behavior Research Among U.S. Community College Students : A Review of the Literature. / Pokhrel, Pallav; Little, Melissa; Herzog, Thaddeus A.

In: Evaluation and the Health Professions, Vol. 37, No. 2, 01.01.2014, p. 178-202.

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Pokhrel, Pallav ; Little, Melissa ; Herzog, Thaddeus A. / Current Methods in Health Behavior Research Among U.S. Community College Students : A Review of the Literature. In: Evaluation and the Health Professions. 2014 ; Vol. 37, No. 2. pp. 178-202.
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