Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Sharon Leech-Hofland


Questionnaires were designed and administered to a nonrandom sample of 18 rural elderly residents in a midwestern state. The questionnaires obtained information which attempted to describe perceptions of current health status and self-care capability, to determine the relationship between perceptions of health status and type of residence or senior citizen center attendance. The dependent variables were definitions of perceived health status as derived from the Health Perceptions Questionnaire. Health status included factors of current health, prior health, health outlook, resistance to illness, health worry/concern and sickness orientation. The independent variables were selected personal factors, self-care capability, desire for self-care and social, economic and environmental factors.
Six null hypotheses were generated. The major finding at the 0.05 level of significance was that there was no relationship between the six factors of health status and type of residence or senior citizen center attendance of rural elderly.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Rural elderly -- Health and hygiene
Older people -- Health and hygiene



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South Dakota State University


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