Author

Kortni Evans

Date Approved

12-10-2015

Date Posted

7-6-2016

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health Promotion and Human Performance

Committee Member

Joan Cowdery, Ph.D, Chair

Committee Member

Susan McCarthy, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Christopher Herman, Ph.D.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes, perceived subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control that Hodgkin's Lymphoma (HL) survivors had towards survivorship care plans (SCPs) and how those factors impact their intentions to follow a care plan. Participants were HL survivors who had completed treatment. An online self-reporting questionnaire was used to assess demographics and questions related to HL survivor's attitudes, behavioral intention, perceived subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control. Frequency analysis and correlations were used to describe the participants and their attitudes, perceived subjective norms, and behavioral control in relation to participants' intentions to follow a SCP. Significant correlations were noted between HL survivors' intentions to follow a SCP for five years and the attitudes helpful and easy. Perceived behavioral control was noted to be a predictor of intention to follow a SCP. Cancer doctors recommended 32.7 percent of participants to follow a SCP for HL. Almost 60 percent of participants were not currently following a SCP at the time of completing the online questionnaire. Although participants had positive attitudes toward SCPs, attitudes were not found as a predictor of intention. Future research should focus on survivors' intentions to follow a SCP before, during, and after the survivors follow a SCP to better understand how intentions change.

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