ERIC Number: ED297212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Health Status, Personal Definition of Health, and Health Behavior Choice in the Elderly.
Wood, Norma J.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships among health status, personal definition of health, and health behavior choice in the elderly. Self-assessed health status was measured using a modified Cantril Ladder, personal definition of health was measured using the Laffrey Health Conception Scale (LHCS), and health behavior choice was measured using the Health Behavior Choice Scale (HBCS). A convenient sample of 30 subjects was drawn from an elderly population at a senior citizen center in central Florida. Questionnaire packets containing the instruments were distributed and collected at the center. Correlation coefficients were used to determine the relationships between the pairs of variables, with separate correlation coefficients for each subscale of the LHCS. No significant relationship was found between either health conception and health behavior choice or health status and health behavior choice. Clinical health conception was significantly correlated with health status. There was no significant relationship between health status and the remaining subscales of the LHCS. Weakly positive correlations were noted between: (1) health conception and health behavior choice; (2) health status and health behavior choice; and (3) health status and the remaining subscales of the LHCS. Replication of the study using a larger sample is indicated. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society on Aging (34th, San Diego, CA, March 18-22, 1988). Master's Thesis, University of South Florida.