Does similarity in educational level between health promotion volunteers and local residents affect activity involvement of the volunteers?

Hiroshi Murayama, Atsuko Taguchi, Sachiyo Murashima

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Abstract

Objectives: This study examined whether similarity in educational level, as a socioeconomic background factor, between health promotion volunteers (HPVs) and residents in the district where HPVs work encourages the volunteers' involvement in providing activities. Design and Sample: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey. A total of 512 HPVs in a Japanese city with 5 districts. Measures: We focused on the number of activities related to working as an HPV as an aspect of involvement in the HPV role. HPV individual educational level was collected from a questionnaire. District educational level was obtained from the Japanese census database. Results: Of 512 questionnaires, 363 were returned and used for the analysis. Multiple regression analysis stratified by district educational level indicated that a higher educational level in HPVs was significantly associated with a greater number of self-motivated activities in the districts with a higher educational level, although the association between a lower HPV educational level and more activity involvement was not found in districts with a lower educational level. Conclusions: It is important to consider similarity in educational level, as a socioeconomic status factor, between HPVs and the districts in which they will work when recruiting new members and when allocating HPVs to work areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-43
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan

Keywords

  • Activity involvement
  • Educational level
  • Health promotion volunteer
  • Socioeconomic similarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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