ERIC Number: EJ725075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-22
Reference Count: 52
The Role of Personality Factors in Predicting the Reported Physical Health Symptoms of Turkish College Students
Ustundag-Budak, Meltem; Mocan-Aydin, Gul
Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, v40 n159 p559 Fall 2005
This study investigates the role of optimism, health control beliefs, perceived health competence, and medical help-seeking variables in predicting the frequency of reported physical symptoms. A total of 345 college students (207 male and 138 female) were presented with the Life Orientation Test, Multidimensional Health Locus of Control, Perceived Health Competence Scale, and Physical Symptom Checklist. Separate stepwise multiple regression analyses were applied to the data obtained from males, females, and the total group of students. Results showed that optimism, medical help seeking, chance health locus of control, and internal health locus of control predicted the reported physical symptom scores of the total sample. Also revealed were the different patterns for males and females. While optimism and internal health locus of control best predicted physical health for males, optimism and chance health locus of control best predicted the physical health symptoms of females.
Descriptors: College Students, Personality Traits, Health Behavior, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Predictor Variables, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Beliefs, Physical Health, Self Concept, Help Seeking, Locus of Control, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey