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Abstract

This research is a step toward solidifying the role of Health Risk Appraisals (IRA) in health education program planning and intervention evaluation. The FiRA can be used to accumulate data on health behaviors of the college population. Instruments can be administered in classrooms and to large groups. Establishing the validity and reliability of health risk appraisal instruments can make data usable for assessing risk, planning interventions, and assessing the impact of those interventions on the clients. This study describes a method of establishing validity and reliability of the “College Wellness Check (CWC), ” a health risk appraisal for college students. The test-retest method was used to determine reliability and was established at .92 using a Pearson product moment correlation. Validity of the CWC was established using a jury panel of thirty experts, with a 96. 2% agreement.

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