The University of Massachusetts Amherst

1990s Dissertations

1999 Dissertations

Scholar: Stephen Michael Bolio

Dissertation Title: Reported Health-promoting Behaviors of Incarcerated Males

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine Pender's Health Promotion Model to determine the effects of selected cognitive perceptual variables, modifying factors, and situational factors on the reported health-promoting behaviors of young-adult incarcerated males.

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Scholar: Amy Laufer Kenefick

Dissertation Title: Pain and the Functional Status of Nursing Home Residents

Purpose: The purpose of this study was (1) To develop strategies that can be used to identify pain in elderly nursing home residents; (2) to explore a pain assessment model that includes age, cognition, communication, depression, function, and pain; (3) to understand the distribution of pain among groups defined by age, gender, cognition, communication, depression, function and pain; (4) to predict pain based on measurements of variables in the model; (5) to evaluate the usefulness of functional status as a predictor for pain.

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Scholar: Ruth Remington

Dissertation Title: Calming Music and Hand Massage with Agitated Elderly

Purpose: This dissertation research examined a relatively inexpensive intervention to reduce the agitated behavior of cognitively impaired nursing home residents.

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1998 Dissertations

Scholar: Nancy Ann Faller

Dissertation Title: A Survey Exploring the ET Nursing Art of Wound Care: Factors Associated with Clean versus Sterile Technique

Purpose: This study explored the ET nursing art of wound care focusing on factors associated with clean versus sterile technique.

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Scholar: Deborah Susan Morsi

Dissertation Title: Adolescent Exposure to Violence: Antecedents and Consequences

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between adolescents' exposure to violent and non-violent traumatic life events and psychological factors and the effects of demographic and prosocial resiliency factors on this relationship.

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1997 Dissertations

Scholar: Ninon Philogene Amertil

Dissertation Title: Self-management in Adult Clients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)

Purpose: A cross-sectional, descriptive correlational study was conducted to examine the relationships among self-efficacy, uncertainty, and self-management in adults with SCD.

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Scholar: Eileen Frances Hayes

Dissertation Title: Mentoring, Self-efficacy and Nurse Practitioners Students

Purpose: This descriptive, correlational study explored the relationship between nurse practitioner students' perceptions of mentoring by their nurse practitioner preceptors and NPSs' self-efficacy.

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Scholar: Elayne M Puzan

Dissertation Title: Rewriting Midlife: Stories of Women's Health

Purpose: This study utilizes an innovative application of narrative inquiry, based on practical knowledge derived from everyday experience, to elicit a holistic, contemporary model of women's health at midlife.

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Scholar: Chao-Hsing Yeh

Dissertation Title: Determinants of Condom Use Intention in the Prevention of HIV/AIDS among Chinese College Students

Purpose: The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate Chinese junior college students' condom use intentions to prevent HIV/AIDS. The following research question was addressed: How is knowledge about HIV/AIDS risk, attitudes, subjective norms, self-efficacy, prevention expectancies, and prior condom use related to condom use intention among college students?

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