ERIC Number: EJ823696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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A Cluster Analytic Study of Osteoprotective Behavior in Undergraduates
Sharp, Katherine; Thombs, Dennis L.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v27 n4 p364-372 2003
Objective: To derive an empirical taxonomy of osteoprotective stages using the Precaution Adoption Process Model (PAPM) and to identify the predisposing factors associated with each stage. Methods: An anonymous survey was completed by 504 undergraduates at a Midwestern public university. Results: Cluster analytic findings indicate that only 2 osteoprotective stages exist in young adults: less engaged and engaged. These two groups were best distinguished by health motivation, sex, a perceived barrier to exercise, and exercise self-efficacy. Conclusion: Fine-grained stages of osteoprotective behavior are not apparent in young adults, suggesting that the PAPM may not be useful for explaining the adoption of osteoporosis precautions.
Descriptors: Multivariate Analysis, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Health Behavior, Young Adults, Models, Classification, Motivation, Sex, Exercise, Self Efficacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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