What are the perceptions of students in health-related undergraduate programs of the health beliefs and / or behaviors of their peers
(e.g. food, alcohol consumption, smoking)?
Appendix 1: Interview Questions
PROFILE QUESTIONS:– DEMOGRAPHIC qs
What is your gender? M F
how old are you? 20-25 25-30 30>
who do you live with? family friend alone
Can you let me know in which situations you or your friends may consult with peers in health disciplines concerning any health problem?
In your opinion what is your view about the statement–Healthy students are capable of learning better than unhealthy students.
àCan you explain further? What exactly is a healthy student?
àHow do you and your peers plan their eating behaviour and physical activities?
à Do your peers appear healthy in terms of their health and age?
How would you rate and explain your thoughts about your peers on the ease of living healthily because of their upbringing?
àWhat healthy habits do your peers engage in, and how much beneficial is the involvement with the habit?
àWhat unhealthy habits do your peers engage in, and how detrimental is their involvement with the habit?
àHow does the current social environment at the university and at home affect in any way the resolve and eventual behaviour of healthy eating and/or exercising for your peers?
Are you able to talk about how the availability of alcohol is linked to students’ university life?
àIn your opinion how does stress and anxiety become associated with studying?
à How do health professionals perceive the lack of alcohol education and unhealthy habits?.
Not sure whom you mean ‘health professionals’. Are these students enrolled in a health-related subject?
In your experience have you noticed any incidences where health professionals practice any negative attitudes towards patients with obesity.
àWould they use insulting humour for their patients? Can you give any example?
How would students be influenced by their peers, healthcare providers and instructors in the achievement of a better health outcome?
àHow does peer influence affect students’ habits?