• Mária Novysedláková Catholic University in Ruzomberok
  • Marta Kozáková Catholic University in Ruzomberok
  • Zuzana Hudáková Catholic University in Ruzomberok
  • Lada Cetlová Catholic University in Ruzomberok
Keywords: health promotion, health behavior, smoking, obesity, disease


Health is a basic prerequisite for the existence and operation of values. Health care enables people to protect or restore health throughout their lives, from birth to death, in accordance with applicable legislation.

This paper aims to identify the importance of assessing a locus of control over health using the scale measuring tool, Multidimensional Health Locus of Control (MHCL). In total, 100 respondents participated in the survey, with an average age of 42 years. Statistical analyses were performed using Statistica, version 2007, with significance level of 0.05. 

Correlations of MHLC and attitudes toward preventive actions showed statistically significant results with readiness to quit smoking. People with high IHLC scores were more willing to stop smoking, change their diet, and reduce body weight. Our assumption in this research was that individuals who believed in internal control of health had a more positive effect regarding preventive actions.


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