Date of Award

1991

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Katherine Kim

Second Advisor

Brian Curry

Third Advisor

Lucille Grimm

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of health beliefs contained in the Health Belief Model to practiced exercise behavior of women. A descriptive correlation design was used with a convenience sample of 201 women. The revised version of the Osteoporosis Health Belief Exercise Scale developed by Kim, Horan, Gendler and Patel (1991b) was used to measure health beliefs related to osteoporosis. The ARIC/Baecke questionnaire of Habitual Physical Activity was used to measure life style physical activity. Health motivation and exercise benefits were found to be positively correlated to exercise behavior. However, susceptibility and exercise barriers were inversely correlated to exercise behavior. Perceived exercise barriers and health motivation explained the greatest variance in exercise behaviors. The Health Belief Model can be used as a guide by nurses to promote health behaviors consistent with research findings.

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