Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Mel Gonnerman Jr
University students (N = 100) completed a self-administered questionnaire with scales assessing health attributions, dispositional optimism, and health behaviors. Health-promoting behaviors were calculated using a questionnaire measuring six components: health responsibility, physical _ activity, nutrition, spiritual growth, interpersonal relations, and stress management. Optimism was correlated with higher self-reported physical and emotional health, internal locus of health control, reliance on God through passive and active spirituality, and health-promoting behaviors. Internal locus of health control was correlated with emotional health promotion. Spirituality was correlated with both physical and emotional health promotion. Health promotion was correlated with higher scores of self-reported physical and emotional health. Optimistic individuals with internal locus of health control were most likely to engage in health-promoting behaviors.
Year of Submission
Department of Psychology
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2005 Benjamin J. Bristow
Bristow, Benjamin J., "Personality and Individual Differences in Health-Promoting Behaviors" (2005). Honors Program Theses. 589.