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ERIC Number: EJ968283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Assessing the Efficacy of a School Health Education Advocacy Lesson with College Students
Wallen, Michele; Chaney, Beth H.; Birch, David A.
Health Educator, v44 n1 p14-20 Spr 2012
Purpose: The researchers evaluated the efficacy of an advocacy lesson to assess change in intentions to advocate for school health education. This study also measured changes in participants' understanding the importance of school health education and perceived effectiveness in applying advocacy skills. Methods: A convenience sample of college students participated in an advocacy lesson. Pre and posttests to assess changes in intentions to advocate for school health education and student perceptions of effectiveness of the lesson were completed by 161 students. Summed factor mean scores were compared using paired samples t-tests. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to determine the extent to which changes in participants' attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control predicted their intentions to advocate for school health education. Results: Changes in attitude and subjective norms served as significant predictors of intention to advocate for school health education. Participants perceived the lesson to be effective in building advocacy skills, creating awareness of the impact of school health education, and understanding of quality school health education. Discussion: Study implications suggest this advocacy lesson can help students understand the importance of quality health education, increase perceived abilities to effectively advocate, and increase intentions to advocate for school health education. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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