Date of Award

Spring 1984

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Linda L. Davis

Committee Member

Helen Yura

Committee Member

Ann F. Bennett


In a descriptive correlational study, three predictors of appointment keeping behaviors of adults who attend general medical clinics in a primary health care setting were explored. The three selected predictors from the Health Belief Model, a preventive health behavior model, were: (a) perceived barriers to health care, (b) health locus of control (HLC), and (c) satisfaction with health care. The purpose of this study was to identify the predictive value of multiple variables for a specific health-related behavior. Data on the study were collected on a non-probability, purposive sample of 52 users of the adult general medical clinics. The tool was a combined selfadministered questionnaire designed to measure appointment-keeping behaviors, number and type of barriers, HLC dimensions, and level of client satisfaction with health care. Pilot studies for validity and reliability were conducted in order to assess the quality and adequacy of the instrument. One hypothesis was tested for significant relationship between the three predictors and the criterion variable using multiple regression models. Results indicated a significant relationship between all three predictors and the appointment-keeping behaviors. Barriers, as the single predictor, was the largest contributor to the variance of the criterion variable. Trends were also identified in certain demographic variables which may have had an influence on the outcome of the study.


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