Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Katherine Kim

Second Advisor

Mary Horan

Third Advisor

Carmen Nochera


The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of an educational intervention on knowledge, self-efficacy, and health beliefs (susceptibility, seriousness, benefits, barriers, health motivation) related to osteoporosis.; The study was conducted using a pre-test-post-test quasi-experimental design. The sample included forty elderly females of two senior centers in a midwestern metropolitan area. The experimental group was composed of twenty subjects from a senior center. The remaining twenty subjects from a second senior center were included in the control group. Osteoporosis knowledge, self-efficacy, and health beliefs were measured before and after factual information about osteoporosis was given to the experimental group. The same pre- and post-test measures of the study variables were collected from the control group without osteoporosis instruction. Analysis of covariance was performed to test the hypotheses.; The results of ANCOVA showed that the osteoporosis knowledge of the elderly women receiving osteoporosis instruction was significantly greater than the elderly women without such instruction (p {dollar}{dollar}.05).


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