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Becoming a health active older adult: The effects of a workshop for Japanese-American older adults

TitleBecoming a health active older adult: The effects of a workshop for Japanese-American older adults
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsSorocco, KHilliard
UniversitySorocco, Kristen Hilliard: Oklahoma State U , US
Accession NumberDissertation Abstract: 2002-95014-155
Keywords*Communication Skills, *Health Education, *Health Personnel, *Japanese Cultural Groups, *Knowledge Level, educational workshop, communication skills, knowledge, health professionals, older adults, Japanese Americans, Health & Mental Health Treatment & Prevention [3300], Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older), us
AbstractScope and method of study. There is a paucity of research examining the relationship between health professionals and older adults, particularly among ethnic minority older adults. As the population of ethnic minority older adults continues to grow, there will be an increased need to understand the effects of the health professionals' relationship on the health and quality of life of older adults. The purpose of this study was three fold. First, the investigators wanted to determine whether or not Japanese American older adults (JAOAs) who participated in an educational workshop group on improving communication skills with health professionals would have an increase in their level of knowledge concerning how to interact with their health professionals. The second purpose of this study was to determine whether or not JAOAs' sense of personal control would increase as a result of being a participant in the educational workshop. Thirdly, the investigators wanted to determine if the educational workshop had an impact on the level of satisfaction that JAOAs reported about their relationships with their health professionals. Findings and conclusions. JAOAs who participated in the educational workshop group did demonstrate an increase in level of knowledge concerning how to interact with their health professional compared to the comparison control group. However, the participants in the educational workshop group did not differ from those in the comparison control group on increase in sense of personal control or level of satisfaction with their relationship with their health professionals. Findings indicated that the MHLC scales were reliable measures of JAOAs' beliefs that their health is determined by their behavior. However, future research with a larger and more diverse sample is recommended. Methodological considerations for detecting change in behavior and maintenance of change over time with regard to health promotion educational workshops with JAOAs were discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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