2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Self-Care: An Assessment of Truman Student Awareness
Chaeli A. Dougherty
Dr. Roberta Donahue, Faculty Mentor

For the past year, self-care presentations have been implemented at Truman to increase knowledge and awareness about Self-Care. A recent Student Senate publication, Truman Tomorrow: Arete suggested providing all students with a copy of the Mayo Clinic Guide to Self-Care to help reduce demand on the Student Health Center. The purpose of this study was to determine the degree of awareness about Self-Care among students (n=145 students) using the Student Health Center. A 16-item survey was distributed at the Student Health Center addressing demographics, personal behaviors, and awareness of Self-Care. Two-thirds of the students surveyed were unfamiliar with or unsure about Self-Care. Only 12.4% of students had heard about Self-Care from a class or presentation. These results suggest that Self-Care marketing efforts will need to be intensified. One possible interpretation of this data is that students knowledgeable about Self-Care are reducing their use of the Student Health Center.

Keywords: Self-Care, Awareness, Student Health, Knowledge

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 60-35
Location: OP Lobby and Atrium
Time: 4:15

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