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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Margaret Hegge


health and hygiene of rural women, health behavior, health promotion


This study explored the relationship between health-promoting behaviors and the health care seeking behavior of rural insured and uninsured women. The study also described the demographic characteristics of these groups. A comparative, descriptive, and non-experimental study design was utilized. A sample size of sixty-four (N=64) was achieved. Information from the respondents was obtained by completion of "Demographic Questionnaire", a "Visual Analogue Scale" and the "Lifestyle Profile II Questionnaire".
The finding of the demographic characteristics and visual analogue scale results were reported utilizing descriptive statistics. Hypothesis were formulated and were tested using t-tests with the information obtained from the "Lifestyle Profile n Questionnaire".
The following pages include the purpose and significance of the study, a review of literature, the research design and related method and procedures, and a complete analysis of the findings. The study will conclude with a summary of the research findings, implications for NP practice, and recommendations for further research.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Rural women -- Health and hygiene
Health behavior
Health promotion



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