Date of Award

Spring 1991

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Betty Alexy

Committee Director

Christine A. Heine

Committee Member

Betty Alexy

Committee Member

Linda L. Lilley

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8R49


The health-promoting behaviors, perceived health status, and perceived health education needs of older women were identified in this non-experimental, descriptive, correlational study. Fifty women over 60 years of age, living in three housing complexes for the elderly, disabled and handicapped in two southeastern United States cities were asked to complete The Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile, The Perceived Health Status Questionnaire, The Health Education Needs Questionnaire, and Demographic Data Sheet. It was concluded that the women engaged in a high level of health-promoting behaviors. The participants rated their health as good and rated their health as good compared to that of other women their age. Health education topics related to medication usage and to fall and injury prevention were most frequently selected. The relationship found between health-promoting behaviors and perceived health status supported Pender's Health Promotion Model, the theoretical framework for this study.


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