publication . Article . Other literature type . 1993

Self-Efficacy and Health Behavior Among Older Adults

Paula Diehr; Donald L. Patrick; Shirley A. A. Beresford; Julia A. Hecht; David Grembowski; Mary L. Durham; Erica S. Kay;
  • Published: 01 Jun 1993 Journal: Journal of Health and Social Behavior, volume 34, page 89 (issn: 0022-1465, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
Self-efficacy has a well-established, beneficial effect on health behavior and health status in young and middle-aged adults, but little is known about these relationships in older populations. We examined this issue as part of a randomized trial to determine the cost savings and changes in health-related quality of life associated with the provision and reimbursement of a preventive services package to 2,524 Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. Baseline selfefficacy data were collected for all participants in five behavioral areas: exercise, dietary fat intake, weight control, alcohol intake, and smoking. Results reveal th...
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