Investigating how health apps influence college students’ health behavior

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dc.contributor.author Kamanga, Ursula
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-02T21:47:52Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-02T21:47:52Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/32942
dc.description.abstract This study examined how health apps influence college students’ health behavior, because about 50 percent of college students do not comply with physical activity recommendations. Because mobile applications (apps) are popular among college students, they hold promise for promoting behavior change in physical activity. This research was conducted through an online questionnaire distributed to a randomized sample of 18-35 year-old Mid-Western university students. Questionnaire data were analyzed from 237 surveys using Pearson’s Product Moment correlation (r) and Pearson’s chi-square test (χ2). This study showed that college students generally perceived health apps to be useful with slightly over half of the participants using health apps (52.3 percent). Bivariate analysis indicated positive attitudes towards health apps and positive attitudes towards physical activity (p < .001). The amount of experience using health apps yielded a positive relationship with attitudes towards physical activity (p = .008). In addition, having strong beliefs towards physical activity indicated a positive correlation with engaging in physical activity (p < .001). This study provides valuable information regarding attitudes towards health apps and the intention to use health apps for physical activity. While health apps do not trigger an intention to do physical activity, having “belief strength” and positive attitudes towards physical activity increases the likelihood for engaging in physical activity. Health communication intervention strategies and health practitioners can use this information to educate individuals about the advantages for their health that can be associated with using health apps. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Health apps en_US
dc.subject College students en_US
dc.subject Motivation en_US
dc.subject Physical activity en_US
dc.subject Technology en_US
dc.subject Mobile devices en_US
dc.title Investigating how health apps influence college students’ 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 Louise Benjamin en_US
dc.date.published 2016 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US


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