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Emerging Adulthood, Emergent Health Lifestyles: Sociodemographic Determinants of Trajectories of Smoking, Binge Drinking, Obesity, and Sedentary Behavior

Daw, Jonathan; Margolis, Rachel; & Wright, Laura. (2017). Emerging Adulthood, Emergent Health Lifestyles: Sociodemographic Determinants of Trajectories of Smoking, Binge Drinking, Obesity, and Sedentary Behavior. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 58(2), 181-197.

Daw, Jonathan; Margolis, Rachel; & Wright, Laura. (2017). Emerging Adulthood, Emergent Health Lifestyles: Sociodemographic Determinants of Trajectories of Smoking, Binge Drinking, Obesity, and Sedentary Behavior. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 58(2), 181-197.

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During the transition to adulthood, many unhealthy behaviors are developed that in turn shape behaviors, health, and mortality in later life. However, research on unhealthy behaviors and risky transitions has mostly focused on one health problem at a time. In this article, we examine variation in health behavior trajectories, how trajectories cluster together, and how the likelihood of experiencing different behavior trajectories varies by sociodemographic characteristics. We use the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) Waves I to IV to chart the most common health behavior trajectories over the transition to adulthood for cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity, and sedentary behavior. We find that health behavior trajectories cluster together in seven joint classes and that sociodemographic factors (including gender, parental education, and race-ethnicity) significantly predict membership in these joint trajectories.


health behaviors
latent class analysis
obesity
sociodemographic
factors
transition to adulthood
coronary-heart-disease
young adulthood
physical-activity
united-states
risk-factors
alcohol-consumption
adolescent health
us
adults
transition
patterns
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Psychology
Biomedical
Social Sciences
Sociology


JOUR



Daw, Jonathan
Margolis, Rachel
Wright, Laura



2017


Journal of Health and Social Behavior

58

2

181-197


April 17, 2017




0022-1465

10.1177/0022146517702421



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