Penhollow, Tina M.; Young, Michael
March 2005
American Journal of Health Studies;2005, Vol. 20 Issue 1/2, p22
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study was to explore differences among selected health-risk behaviors between adolescents in public and private high schools. Data were collected from a sample of students in Northwest Florida (N= 1606). Private high school students reported higher prevalence rates for driving after drinking alcohol, cigarette and alcohol use (males), binge drinking, and life satisfaction; public students had higher prevalence rates for physical fighting and suicide (females), gang activity, sexual intercourse, and condom use at last sexual intercourse (p <.05). Students seem to engage in considerable health-risk behavior regardless of the type of secondary institution attended.


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