Post-traumatic stress disorder and health risk behaviour among persons 15 years and older in South Africa

SOURCE: Journal of Psychology in Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Peltzer, S.Pengpid
KEYWORDS: ADOLESCENTS, ADULTS, HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10646

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the association between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and health risk behaviours among persons 15 years and older in South Africa . We analysed data from the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1, 2012) (N = 15 201; mean age = 36 .9 years, SD = 16 .5; 2 .1% with PSTD, 4 .0% with partial PTSD) . The survey included questions from validated measures of the following health risk behaviours: problem drinking, current tobacco use, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, vegetable consumption, and fast food and frequent soft drinks consumption . In adjusted logistic regression analysis, only self-reporting with PTSD was associated with problem drinking . The data did not yield significant association between PTSD status and any of the other health risk behaviours (tobacco use, low physical activity, and fast food consumption) .