Comparison of the health-promoting lifestyles of nursing and non-nursing students in Istanbul, Turkey

Can G., ÖZDİLLİ K., Erol O., Unsar S., TÜLEK Z., Savaser S., ...More

Nursing and Health Sciences, vol.10, no.4, pp.273-280, 2008 (Scopus) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2008.00405.x
  • Journal Name: Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.273-280
  • Keywords: health behaviors, health-promoting lifestyle, nursing education, nursing students, university students
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Undertaking a health-related course at university can facilitate an awareness of health-promoting lifestyles. We carried out a descriptive and cross-sectional study with 1616 university students in Istanbul, Turkey. Students from the nursing schools were compared to those from the schools of social sciences using a Turkish version of the Health-promoting Lifestyle Profile (HPLP) II after a validation study. The nursing students had more positive health-promoting lifestyles than those of the non-nursing students. Furthermore, fourth-year nursing students had higher scores in most of the subscales of the HPLP II than did the students from the lower years; conversely, the fourth-year non-nursing students had lower scores. The sociodemographic variables, self-perceived health status, relations with family and friends, and self-perceived academic performance were associated with the HPLP. The implications are discussed for the curricula and on-campus facilities that focus on health promotion activities. © 2008 The Authors Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.