Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Katherine K. Kim

Second Advisor

Phyllis Gendler

Third Advisor

James Scott


The purpose of the study was to develop and evaluate the Cardiac Exercise Health Belief Scale (CEHBS) which is based on the Health Belief Model. The CEHBS focuses on the concepts of benefits and barriers. Ninety post cardiac event subjects, 69 males and 21 females, were recruited from two Michigan hospitals during their hospital stay. The CEHBS was mailed to subjects six to eight weeks following discharge.; Cronbach alpha for the CEHBS benefits subscale was.90 and for the barriers subscale was.84. Content validity was established by expert review. During factor analysis all items did load on factors related to the HBM constructs of benefits and barriers. Discriminant function analysis correctly classified 70.0% cardiac exercise regimen compliant and noncompliant subjects by CEHBS benefits and barriers subscales. The psychometric analysis of the CEHBS gives support for reliability and validity of the instrument.


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