The effects of an occupational health promotion program for Hispanic older adults

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor's Name

Gail A. Hills

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Paulette Johnson

Third Advisor's Name

Alma Abdel-Moty

Date of Defense



This pilot study examined the effects of a program designed for Hispanic older adults to promote wellness and a health promoting lifestyle. Pre and post-tests were administered using the Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile II (HPLP-II) to all participants in the experimental group (n=25) and in the control group (n=19). The experimental group participated in a 16 session health and wellness program that included lectures, activities, and discussions in the areas of health responsibility, physical activity, nutrition, spiritual growth, interpersonal relations, and stress management. Participants in the program significantly improved their overall HPLP-II score, p < .001, as well as each of the HPLP-II areas. Participants in the program scored significantly higher than the control group on the overall HPLP-II score, p < .001, and in each of the HPLP-II areas. Health perception, although not significantly related to engagement in wellness and a health promoting lifestyle for participants in this study, was in the expected direction rs = 0.28, p = 0.062. Results indicate a culturally-relevant occupational health promotion program can improve wellness and a health promoting lifestyle for Hispanic older adults.



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