Date of Award

2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine the relationship of osteoporosis knowledge to perceived susceptibility to osteoporosis among Hispanic women. The Health Belief Model (Rosenstock, Strecker, & Becker, 1994) was the theoretical framework for the study. Data were collected from a convenience sample of 54 Hispanic women, ages 18 years and older, from two different areas in a Mid-Western state. The final sample, based on the inclusion criteria, constituted 41 subjects. The participants completed the Osteoporosis Knowledge Test (OKT) developed by Kim, Horan, and Gendler (1991) and the Osteoporosis Health Belief Scale (OHBS) also developed in 1991 by Kim, Horan, Gendler, and Patel.

Statistical analysis of data did not indicate a significant correlation and did not support the working hypothesis. Findings suggest a knowledge deficit about osteoporosis risk factors and preventive behaviors among Hispanic women, which implies a need for osteoporosis education targeting the needs of this population. Recommendations for further research include a larger sample size and further refinement of the instruments for Hispanic populations.

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