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Open Access Thesis


University of Northern Iowa--Students; University of Northern Iowa; Health behavior--Iowa--Cedar Falls; Health behavior; Students; Iowa--Cedar Falls;


The purpose of this study was to survey and compare selected health behaviors of student-nonathletes and student-athletes at the University of Northern Iowa. Results of this study are based on 212 questionnaires completed by student-athletes during Spring 1992 team meetings and 384 questionnaires completed by student-nonathletes enrolled in Personal Wellness courses during the Spring 1992 term. The 50-item, self-report questionnaire was designed to reveal involvement and frequency of participation in selected health behaviors. Respondents provided demographic data and information regarding general health behaviors, food selection, eating behaviors, health examinations, sexual practices, and substance use. The study was also designed to identify the differences in health behavior that exist among student-athletes according to gender and sport affiliation.

This study found that significant differences do exist between selected health behaviors (eating behaviors, health examinations, sexual practices, alcohol and drug use) of student-nonathletes and student-athletes. Differences also exist between male and female student-athletes and between members of the football, wrestling, basketball, and golf teams.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Thomas Davis


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