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ERIC Number: ED554543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 110
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-2138-5
Importance and Effectiveness of Student Health Services at a South Texas University
McCaig, Marilyn M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
The study examined the health needs of students at a south Texas university and documented the utility of the student health center. The descriptive study employed a mixed methods explanatory sequential design (ESD). The non-probability sample consisted of 140 students who utilized the university's health center during the period of March 23-30, 2012. Analysis of the quantitative data revealed the highest ranked health issues were 1) being aware of safer sex practices, 2) being aware of risky sex practices, and 3) being mentally healthy. The students reported stress, sleep difficulties, and internet use as the health concerns affecting their academic performance the most. The reported level of importance was higher than the degree of fulfillment for all health-related needs. Furthermore, the data indicated students endorsed the health center and used it for three main purposes, namely, healthcare, illness, and health information. Analysis of qualitative data suggested that the university health center assisted the students in identifying healthy life styles and focus on educational goals. The study results may be useful to student health program planners who are considering initiatives to further meet student health needs. The study may also be of interest to student affairs program planners who are considering ways to keep students focused on completing their educational goals. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas