Health education's influence on the health perceptions of individuals

Jolivette, Elizabeth J.
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The problem of this study was to determine if there was a change in the health perceptions of students who completed a general college health course. This study compared scores obtained utilizing the Health Perceptions Questionnaire before and after the health course. A sample of 23 male and female students between the ages of 18 and 25 years was selected to participate in the study with their consent. This was a convenient and accessible study sample. The instructional approach utilized in the teaching of the health course was determined by the University and the instructor of the course. The instruction material utilized coincided with the course objectives. The measurement used for this study was a pretest administered before any instruction was given regarding the health course material. The same tool was used as a posttest immediately after completing the instruction of the health course. The statistical methods which were utilized consisted of descriptive statistics, frequency, counts, and the paired t-test. The data analyzed for this study were used to test six hypotheses, which indicated that there was no significant difference between the pretest and posttest scores on the Health Perceptions Questionnaire following the health course in a group of students taking the course. The areas of study consisted of current health, prior health, health outlook, health worry/concern, and resistance-susceptibility. The data indicated that for the hypothesis of rejection of the sixk role the findings were significant.

Health attitudes, Health behavior, Health education, Health