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

Esther Javetz


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of an individual's locus of control and health value to compliance to the prescribed rehabilitation regimen among post myocardial infarction and post cardiac surgery patients. Forty subjects were used in an ex post facto research design. The Multidimensional Locus of Control scale, the Value Survey, and a demographic data instrument were administered 1 to 2 days prior to discharge from the hospital. Thirty days after discharge the subjects completed the Health Behavior Scale.; It was hypothesized that male cardiac patients with an internal locus of control were more compliant to the cardiac rehabilitation regimen than patients with an external locus of control. In addition, it was hypothesized that male cardiac patients with a high value for health were more compliant to the regimen than patients with a low value for health. No statistically significant results were identified and thus these hypotheses were not supported.


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