Article

Adverse developmental experiences and risky health behaviours among black South African university students

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 6, 2017 , pages: 488–493
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1375195
Author(s): Solomon MashegoaneDepartment of Psychology, South Africa, Malose MakhubelaDepartment of Psychology, South Africa

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between adverse developmental experiences (ADEs) and risky health behaviours among a cross-sectional sample of black South African students (n = 393; females = 58%, Mage = 20.5 years, SD = 2.9). Binary logistic regression was used to model the association between categories of ADEs and risky health behaviours. Findings suggest individual ADEs to significantly predict risky health behaviours. The highest singular ADEs reported were being treated like a child (62%), parents being overprotective (59%), and being driven to be perfectionistic (58%). There was no indication of a general trend of ordered associations between the number of ADEs and risky health behaviours.

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