The association between the lifestyle habits and parental social standing and engagement amid adolescents in bhopal city, india

Author: 
Binu Santha1., Hongal Sudheer., Vrinda Saxena., Manish Jain., Vidhatri Tiwari and Aishwarya Singh

Objective: To assess the association of lifestyle habits and parental social standing and engagement among adolescents in Bhopal City, India.
Methodology: This is a Cross-sectional study conducted among students aged 17-23 years in an Arts college of Bhopal City, India. A convenience sample of college-going adolescents was selected for the study. Self-reported questionnaire for adolescents to assess their lifestyle habits and their parents’ social standing and personal engagement was used. Descriptive statistics and chi-square test were applied. The Correlation was evaluated using Spearman’s R and Pearson’s test of Correlation.
Results: Out of the total study population, 53.54% (n=166) were males and 46.45% (n=144) were females. A significant association was observed between the parents’ occupation (p=.037), education (p=.032) and social life (p= 0.040) with the use of tobacco among adolescents. A significant correlation was observed between parents’ education, occupation and social life and personal engagement with the lifestyle habits of the adolescents.
Conclusion: Hence, there is an association between the adolescent lifestyle habits and their parents’ social standing and personal engagement. There is growing interest in the relationship between parents’ social status and their attributes towards their children which cause a dramatic influence on the child’s way of living. Adolescent health is a major public health problem as it is influenced by deleterious lifestyle factors like smoking and alcohol consumption. Hence, it is required that regular checks are kept on factors that influence these children to adopt such habits.

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