Diabetes Knowledge, Preventive Health Motivation, Perceived Risk of Type-II Diabetes, and Health Behaviors Among College Students

dc.contributor.advisorCzyzewska, Maria
dc.contributor.authorBarrera, Brandi N.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHaskard-Zolnierek, Kelly
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDavis, John
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-15T18:45:12Z
dc.date.available2013-01-15T18:45:12Z
dc.date.issued2010-12
dc.description.abstractType-II diabetes is typically a preventable and manageable disease but without proper care, it can develop into a severely debilitating and life-threatening illness. This study aimed to examine the level of diabetes knowledge among college students and relationships between knowledge of the disease, perceived risk of Type-II diabetes, and preventive health motivation on health preventive behaviors (i.e., healthy eating habits, fat intake, physical activity, and BMI). This study also explored areas of diabetes knowledge that are low or inaccurate in this population including the causes, complications, and risk factors for Type-II diabetes. A total of 126 participants completed a large survey and had their body weight and height measured. The findings of this study indicate that risk perception may not be as critical as previously considered as a motivational factor for the young adult, college population. Rather, diabetes knowledge might have effects on eating a healthy diet and consuming less fat. Future research should aim to clarify the causal relationships between these variables. Also, the areas of diabetes knowledge that were found to be especially low for this population should be targeted along with preventive health motivation in future education efforts to ensure adequate knowledge of Type-II diabetes and motivation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
dc.description.departmentPsychology
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent94 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationBarrera, B. N. (2010). <i>Diabetes knowledge, preventive health motivation, perceived risk of type-II diabetes, and health behaviors among college students</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/4472
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectType-II diabetes
dc.subjectDiabetes risk factors
dc.subjectCollege students
dc.subjectYoung adults
dc.subjectHealth behaviors
dc.subjectPerceived risk
dc.subjectObjective risk
dc.subjectDiabetes risk
dc.subjectDiabetes knowledge
dc.subjectHealth motivation
dc.subjectModifiable risk factors
dc.titleDiabetes Knowledge, Preventive Health Motivation, Perceived Risk of Type-II Diabetes, and Health Behaviors Among College Students
thesis.degree.departmentPsychology
thesis.degree.disciplineHealth Psychology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University-San Marcos
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
txstate.documenttypeThesis

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