Research results show that increasingly bad health and death caused by unhealthy life style is a frequent characteristic of young seamen. During a period of ten months a group of six young student nurses have investigated whether discussions of health-enhancement may contribute to fifteen young seamen’s ability to adopt a change of lifestyle in order to prevent lifestyle-related illnesses.

Youth to youth relations may increase candidness and the possibility of discussing private topics, touching the individual in a very personal way, thus resulting in awareness and reflection about health promotion and a possible change of lifestyle.

The health promoting discussions are, based on Miller and Rollnick’s Motivational Interviewing theory as described by Carl Erik Mabeck.

The health promoting discussions have not yet been definitely evaluated, but the article includes a collection of provisional experiences which indicate that a youth to youth relation creates motivation for health enhancing changes.