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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to examine relationships between Health Locus of Control, selected demographic variables, and the Health Promoting Behaviors of Physical Activity and Nutrition in older persons. Pender’s (1996) Health Promotion Model (HPM) was used as the conceptual framework to guide this study.

The sample consisted of 48 subjects, aged 65 years and older, who resided in senior living centers. The subjects were predominantly Caucasian (94%) and female (81%). Research instruments were self-administered questionnaires that consisted of demographic data, the Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile II, and the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale.

No significant relationships between Internal or Powerful Others Health Locus of Control and the engagement of the health promoting behaviors of Physical Activity and Nutrition were discovered. (A significant difference between Chance Health Lous of Control and the practice of Nutrition was revealed). Subjects with higher educational levels tended to engage more frequently in Physical Activity. Age did not relate significantly to performance of health promoting activities of Nutrition or Physical Activity.


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