Factors Influencing Family Health History Collection among Young Adults: A Structural Equation Modeling

Ming Li, Towson University, Towson, MD
Shixi Zhao, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Yu-Yu Hsiao, Department of Individual, Family, and Community Education, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA.
Oi-Man Kwok, Texas A & M University, College Station
Tung-Sung Tseng, LSU Health Science Center - New Orleans
Lei-Shih Chen, Texas A & M University, College Station


Family health history (FHH) can serve as an entry point for preventive medicine by providing risk estimations for many common health conditions. College is a critical time for young adults to begin to understand the value of FHH collection, and to establish healthy behaviors to prevent FHH-related diseases. This study seeks to develop an integrated theoretical framework to examine FHH collection behavior and associated factors among college students. A sample of 2670 college students with an average age of 21.1 years completed a web-based survey. Less than half (49.8%) reported actively seeking FHH information from their family members. Respondents' knowledge about FHH were generally low. Structural equation modeling findings suggested an adequate model fit between our survey data and the proposed integrated theoretical framework. Respondents who were members of racial/ethnic minority groups exhibited higher levels of anxiety and intention to obtain FHH information but had lower confidence in their ability to gather FHH information than non-Hispanic White respondents. Therefore, educational programs designed to enhance the level of young adults' FHH knowledge, efficacy, and behavior in FHH collection, and change subjective norms are critically needed in the future, especially for these who are members of racial/ethnic minority groups.