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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Dianna Sorenson


health and hygiene of rural elderly, South Dakota health attitudes, health promotion, South Dakota health behavior


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of six aspects of a healthy lifestyle (nutrition, exercise, stress management, self-actualization, health responsibility, and interpersonal support) with selected demographic variables and perceived health status. The sample consisted of 52 elderly adults residing in a frontier South Dakota county. Pearson product-moment correlation indicated no significant relationship between the subjects' perceived health status, measured by a Visual Analog Scale, and their Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile score. Statistically significant (p <.05) relationships were found between the demographic variables of educational level and financial status and perceived health status scores. Phi testing found no significant associations of categorized demographic variables to health-promoting lifestyles.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Rural elderly -- Health and hygiene -- South Dakota
Health attitudes -- South Dakota
Health promotion
Health behavior -- South Dakota -- Age factors



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