Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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This study was conducted to establish the validity and reliability of a dependent measure instrument developed specifically for health education programs geared to expectant mothers and their significant others who smoke; This study's instrument was distributed to 201 randomly chosen college students participating in health education, general education, educational psychology, and communication studies classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Results from this study found that the instrument has merit. The confirmatory factor analysis, which proved the instrument's reliability, isolated three different areas of study: beliefs about smoking in general; the effects of smoking on pre- and post-natal babies; and why smokers hesitate to quit smoKing Its factorial validity was supported by three steps taken to establish it: the use of focus groups; the information gained from the large sample of randomly selected students; and the factor analysis used to establish its construct validity.
Development; Education; Health; Instrument; Program; Validation
Health education; Mass media; Public health
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Blockey, Joanna Lynn, "Instrument development and validation for use in a health education program" (1998). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 899.
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