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Assessment of College Students’ Risk Level, Behaviors, Knowledge and Attitude of Type 2 Diabetes at the University of Tampa

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dc.contributor.author Donna R. Rauschuber, Joshua L. Rodriguez, Domenic L. Sestito, Christopher A. Campbell, Mary P. Martinasek
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-21T20:37:19Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-21T20:37:19Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11868/273
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to assess the risk of type 2 diabetes among Black/African American and White/Caucasian male and female students at the University of Tampa using a validated survey instrument for comparison based on a point system for level of risk. Secondly, it was to determine through descriptive statistics if there is the need for a Diabetes Awareness Program at the university based on the current behaviors, attitudes and knowledge of students. Researchers surveyed students to evaluate type 2 diabetes risk levels. The surveys were hand delivered to students at the Vaughn Student Center during normal school hours. Questions based on known risk factors were assigned point values and given a total score that ranged from 0 to 18. These scores were then used to assess low, intermediate and high risk levels. Additional questions on behaviors, attitudes and knowledge regarding type 2 diabetes assessed the need for an awareness program. The researchers used SPSS (ver. 22) to analyze the descriptive statistics to establish the means, standard deviations and percentages of data collected. Total scores were higher for men who averaged 4.000 (s = 1.431) while women averaged 2.633 (s = 1.537). Total scores were also higher for Black/African Americans who averaged 4.086 (s = 1.380) as opposed to White/Caucasians who averaged 2.546 (s = 1.606). Risk levels ranged between low and intermediate, with no student having a high-risk level. Students scored very high when asked about their attitude and knowledge of type 2 diabetes. However, percentages for the questions regarding their behavior were much lower, except for the question regarding physical activity. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher College of Natural and Health Sciences, The University of Tampa en_US
dc.subject Type 2 Diabetes en_US
dc.subject Department of Health Science and Human Performance en_US
dc.subject Health Science en_US
dc.subject health en_US
dc.subject behavior knowledge en_US
dc.title Assessment of College Students’ Risk Level, Behaviors, Knowledge and Attitude of Type 2 Diabetes at the University of Tampa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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