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Title:Examining the effects of a one-semester health behavior course on college students' perception of wellness
Author(s):Nesbitt, Matthew
Advisor(s):Farner, Susan M.
Department / Program:Kinesiology & Community Health
Discipline:Community Health
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:College students have consistently been found to be involved in higher rates of risk behaviors that compromise their quality of life and wellness when compared to the general population. In light of this finding, institutions of higher learning are constantly confronted with various challenges in addressing prevention and overall student wellness. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a one-semester Behavioral Health course on students’ perception of health and wellness in college. The research explored if there is a difference in college students’ perception of wellness after taking Community Health Course 304, The Foundations of Health Behaviors among race and gender. The study population was undergraduate college students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, between the ages of 18-24, enrolled in this fall semester course. The pre- and post-survey data were analyzed using the Student’s t-test to determine if any significance changes had occurred in students (n=74) enrolled in the course. The t-test revealed significant results in each of the six constructs of Hettler’s, six dimension of wellness. This research concluded that factors of race and gender have a significant impact on the students’ perception of the dimensions of wellness.
Issue Date:2012-05-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Matthew Nesbitt
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-05-22
Date Deposited:2012-05

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