Health-related Connections of the Czech Longitudinal Study
1Czech University of Life Sciences, Dept. of Psychology, Prague
2National Institute of Public Health, Prague
Background: The project aims for exploring the paths to optimal development using empirical data of the longitudinal studies following individuals since 1956 (Prague) and 1961 (Brno). Methods: The sample of 88 Czech adults (49 women, 39 men) was examined besides the set of psychological methods also by somato-physiological measures (weight, height, BMI, WHR, systolic and diastolic blood pressure), selected biochemical measures (total cholesterol, triacylglycerides, glycaemia) as well as using the health questionnaire, and measures focused on selected behavioural aspects of health. Findings: As regards results of the linear regression analysis, BMI should be predicted in our study by NEO-C (Conscientiousness), interpersonal sensitivity, anxiety and self-concept, WHR by discipline, social competence, life satisfaction and self-concept, systolic blood pressure by optimism, discipline, favorable memories of home and social competence.Discussion: There is a higher number of participants with over-limited values of blood pressure – nearly in 40% of systolic, and in 25 % of diastolic blood pressure. There are no gender differences in this trend.