Accession Number : ADA310447

Title :   The Health Beliefs Model in Shipboard U.S. Navy Men and Women.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Feb 95-Jan 96,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Schwerin, Michael J. ; Corcoran, Kevin J.

PDF Url : ADA310447

Report Date : 26 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : A matched sample of men and women in the U.S. Navy (N=1,064) were examined in a study of shipboard health-care utilization. The instrument used in this study is theoretically based on the Health Beliefs Model (HBM). The HBM attempts to explain health-seeking behavior by describing the antecedent conditions within the individual preliminary chi-square results indicate statistically significant gender differences in health-care utilization. MANOVA results indicated that women reported significantly greater ratings of health value, greater ratings of perceived illness (compared to people their own age), greater perceived susceptibility to health problems, and greater susceptibility to serious illness than do men. Separate discriminant function analyses were employed for males and females. Results for each separate discriminant function analysis yielded a single statistically significant function for females only. Implications of these findings and the efficacy of the HBM will be discussed.

Descriptors :   *NAVAL PERSONNEL, *ILLNESS, *SHIPBOARD, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, HEALTH, MILITARY MEDICINE, FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS, RATINGS, MALES, WOMEN, UTILIZATION, FEMALES, DISCRIMINATE ANALYSIS.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE