The incidence and correlates of health-related behavioural change in a small Scottish community

Candace Currie, S. M. Hunt, A. Amos

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This paper reports on a survey of health related behavioural change in a small Scottish town. Four types of behaviour were surveyed; smoking, alcohol use, dietary habits and exercise. The results indicate that for both smoking exercise behavioural change is very unstable. Cutting down or giving up alcohol was significantly associated with cessation of smoking in women but not in men. All dietary changes were strongly inter-related. Giving up smoking, taking exercise and eating more fibre were significantly associated with very good reported health. Sex, age and social class patterns in health-related changes were evident.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-344
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1990



  • health surveys
  • rural communities
  • Scotland
  • bevavioral change
  • smoking
  • alcohol consumption

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