Correlation of the health-promoting lifestyle, enrollment level, and academic performance of College of Nursing students in Kuwait

Nurs Health Sci. 2007 Jun;9(2):112-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2007.00311.x.


This descriptive study of 224 nursing students assessed their health-promoting lifestyle profile and correlated it with the levels of enrollment in nursing courses and academic performance. The health-promoting lifestyle profile was measured by Walker's Health-promoting Lifestyle Profile II instrument. Academic performance was measured by assessing the nursing grade point average and general grade point average of the students. The students had positive health-promoting lifestyles with significant differences noted between males and females in the overall profile, physical activity, interpersonal relations, and stress management. Sociodemographic variables, such as age, nationality, and marital status, but not income, showed an association with students' health-promoting lifestyles. A significant correlation was noted between students' nursing enrollment and level of health responsibility. No significant correlation was established between a health-promoting lifestyle and academic performance. This study poses a challenge for nurse educators to provide an effective environment to maximize students' potential to be future vanguards of health.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Attitude to Health* / ethnology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Educational Status
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Kuwait
  • Life Style*
  • Male
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Self Care* / methods
  • Self Care* / psychology
  • Sex Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Spirituality
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Students, Nursing / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires