Title

Adolescent female health promotion concerns, appearance concerns and positive health practices

Abstract

Adolescent nutritional and physical fitness status are a growing concern for health care providers. The purpose of this descriptive correlational study was to examine the relationships between appearance and health promotion concerns of adolescent females and their nutrition and physical activity behaviors. Pender' s Health Promotion Model provided the conceptual framework for this study. Using two subscales of an existing health concerns inventory and two subscales from the Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile II to measure concepts, it was hypothesized that female adolescents who had higher levels of appearance and health promotion concerns would participate in more positive nutrition and physical activity behaviors. A convenience sample of 83 adolescent females, aged 12-15, from the Central Florida area participated in the study. Correlations, using Pearson's r, revealed no relationship between appearance concerns and behaviors. There was a significant positive relationship between health promotion concerns and behaviors. Incidental findings also revealed differences in behaviors between races, and between different data collection sites. However, there were no differences in concerns found between various demo graphical groups.

Notes

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Graduation Date

1997

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Bear, Mary

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Health and Public Affairs

Department

Nursing

Format

Print

Pages

87 p.

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0022652

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs; Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic

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