CORRELATES OF HEALTH RISK IN UNDERGRADUATES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

GARY SAMUEL SILVERMAN, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

Correlates of health risk in undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania were investigated in an attempt to uncover characteristics of students with unhealthy behavior patterns. The Health Belief Model was used to identify variables for investigation. Student reactions to the Health Risk Index and to health promotion in general were also examined. A total of 145 subjects completed questionnaires to measure health risk, health knowledge, locus of control, body image, and health concern. Multiple regression, with health risk as the criterion, was performed on these data. Additionally, 75 subjects completed an Evaluation Questionnaire to assess their reactions, and four subjects were interviewed. Gender and body image were significant predictors and together accounted for about 10 percent of the variance in health risk. When regression was performed separately for males and females, body image was a significant predictor for females only. Responses to the Evaluation Questionnaire and the interviews indicated that students reacted favorably to the Health Risk Index and to health promotion in general. The problems of measuring health behavior and health attitudes were discussed. Suggestions were made for the use of the Health Risk Index at the University and for an emphasis on social factors in health promotion programs. ^

Subject Area

Education, Guidance and Counseling

Recommended Citation

GARY SAMUEL SILVERMAN, "CORRELATES OF HEALTH RISK IN UNDERGRADUATES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA" (January 1, 1982). Dissertations available from ProQuest. Paper AAI8227317.
http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI8227317

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