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Health Contributing Factors in Higher Education Students: The Importance of Family and Friends

Department of Psychology, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 16071 Cuenca, Spain
Department of Education and Social Psychology, Pablo de Olavide University, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
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Healthcare 2018, 6(4), 147;
Received: 30 October 2018 / Revised: 28 November 2018 / Accepted: 12 December 2018 / Published: 14 December 2018
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The aim of this study was to determine well-being and its relationship to social support from friends and family communication in university students. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 1679 university students aged 18–25 years from four universities in Spain. Logistical regression models were tested (p < 0.05). The students in the last year of university reported higher well-being scores in comparison with students in the previous years. Well-being was inversely related to family communication problems. Family communication and social support from friends were the factors that associated the most with better well-being. All the regression models were statistically significant and explained from 16% of the well-being in Year 4 students until 34% of the well-being in Year 1 students. Our findings could be useful for developing interventions to promote health in order to improve college students’ well-being. It is important for strategies to be developed in mental and family health areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: university; well-being; friends; family; health; health promotion university; well-being; friends; family; health; health promotion
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Yubero, S.; Navarro, R.; Larrañaga, E.; Esteban, M.; Gutiérrez, J.; Elche, M. Health Contributing Factors in Higher Education Students: The Importance of Family and Friends. Healthcare 2018, 6, 147.

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