Obesity and U.S. military spouses: An examination of risk perception and health behavior

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dc.contributor.author Tenconi, Danielle
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-29T14:35:54Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-29T14:35:54Z
dc.date.issued 2011-11-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13138
dc.description.abstract Obesity in the U.S. has become a national epidemic. The military, in particular Military spouses are not exempt from the challenging issue of obesity. Understanding risk perception and health behavior is key to reducing the obesity epidemic, however insufficient research has been conducted among U.S. military spouses to understand their perceived risk and health behaviors. This quantitative study was conducted among 291 military spouses using the Extended Parallel Process Model and Social Cognitive Theory as the conceptual frameworks. The results indicated that perceived susceptibility of obesity and obesity related illness among overweight and obese military spouses while reinforcing both response and self-efficacy is the focal area for communication. Key barriers to weight loss and health goals were identified and the setting of health goals is identified as important. The researcher provides a digital intervention recommendation to address the findings of this study. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Risk en_US
dc.subject Military spouses en_US
dc.subject EPPM en_US
dc.subject Social cognitive theory en_US
dc.subject Obesity en_US
dc.title Obesity and U.S. military spouses: An examination of risk perception and health behavior en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Journalism and Mass Communications en_US
dc.description.advisor Joye Gordon en_US
dc.subject.umi Mass Communications (0708) en_US
dc.date.published 2011 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US

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