Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences ETDs

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The major purpose of this study was to assess health attitudes and behavior of mothers as related to providing immunizations for their pre-school children. The areas investigated were health locus of control, perceived vulnerability to six communicable diseases, health as a value, and the demographic variables of education, age, ethnicity, religion, income, and ability to recall poliomyelitis.

This was a descriptive correlational study in which 95 mothers of children enrolled in Head Start Centers, Office of Economic Opportunity, Albuquerque, New Mexico, served as subjects. They were randomly selected from six centers serving multicultural neighborhoods in both urban and suburban areas. The mothers or subjects were divided into two groups based on whether or not they had met the criteria for compIiance in providing complete immunizations for their pre-school children.

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Health Education

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Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Elaine J. Stone

Second Committee Member

Betty J. Skipper

Third Committee Member

Paul Dearth

Fourth Committee Member

Leland R. Bennett

Fifth Committee Member

Paul E. Rasta