Date of Graduation

Summer 2012

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

David Lutz

Keywords

anticipated treatment adherence, perceived communication, health beliefs, college students, university health center

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

The effects of perceived communication and health beliefs on anticipated treatment adherence in college students were examined through a university health center. Following a medical exam, two samples, one of college students and another of faculty, staff, and family members were surveyed using three abbreviated measures that identified perceived communication, health beliefs, and intent to adhere to the treatment plan. In students, perceived communication with the healthcare practitioner followed by medical motivation and illness threat significantly predicted anticipated treatment adherence. In contrast, in the faculty, staff, and family members' sample, medical motivation was the most significant predictor followed by perceived communication. Results emphasized the importance of good communication between healthcare practitioners and students, as students have not yet developed a fully formed health belief system.

Copyright

© Amber Nicole Cichon

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