Osteoporosis knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors of college students: utilization of the Health Belief Model

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dc.contributor Leaver-Dunn, Deidre
dc.contributor Lian, Bradley E.
dc.contributor Umstattd, M. Renee
dc.contributor Usdan, Stuart L.
dc.contributor.advisor Turner, Lori W.
dc.contributor.author Edmonds, Ellen
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:20:45Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:20:45Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000063
dc.identifier.other Edmonds_alatus_0004D_10142
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/570
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to determine the level of osteoporosis knowledge, beliefs and behavior among college students. In addition, this study will examine perceived susceptibility, severity, benefits, barriers and self-efficacy related to osteoporosis prevention. Women and men of all ethnicities at the University of Central Arkansas were asked to participate in the study. The Osteoporosis Knowledge Test, Osteoporosis Health Belief Scale, Osteoporosis Self-Efficacy Scale, and Osteoporosis Preventing Behaviors Survey were utilized. Correlations were used to determine the degree of relationship between variables. After determining which independent variables were significant, a multiple regression was completed to determine prediction. Participants did not perceive themselves as susceptible to osteoporosis and perceived minimal barriers to physical activity and calcium intake. Their knowledge was minimal concerning alternate sources of calcium and less traditional forms of physical activity. Physical activity was correlated with perceived barriers, health motivation, and calcium intake. Calcium intake was correlated with perceived barriers, health motivation, and knowledge. Prevention programs should aim to increase osteoporosis knowledge of risk factors and preventing behaviors and to decrease high risk factor behaviors in adolescence when bone health can be increased. Health professionals can attempt to decrease perceived barriers to physical activity in college age individuals by providing comprehensive programs based on supported factors shown to influence behavior, including social support and self-efficacy.
dc.format.extent 168 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Health Sciences, Education
dc.subject.other Health Sciences, General
dc.title Osteoporosis knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors of college students: utilization of the Health Belief Model
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Health Science
etdms.degree.discipline Health Education/Promotion
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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