Development of a health-belief-model-based instrument to assess worker beliefs about using personal protective equipment

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Health
Department Health Promotion & Education
Author Wall, Jack M
Title Development of a health-belief-model-based instrument to assess worker beliefs about using personal protective equipment
Date 2009-06-04
Description Occupational illness is a problem in the United States that affects thousands of workers. Of the numerous occupational illnesses reported each year, most are preventable through the use of personal protective equipment. The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument to assess the significance of the determinants that predict the use of personal protective equipment in a small industrial shop setting. The aim of the study was to develop a valid and reliable theory-driven instrument to assess the determinants so that effective interventions can be constructed to improve the use of personal protective equipment in the occupational setting. The health belief model was used as the theoretical basis for the instrument. The procedures selected for this study employed an expert and an employee focus group to establish instrument validity. A two-judge content validity index was calculated using judges from the expert focus group. Reliability was established by test-retest administration of the instrument using a pilot group. An analysis of Cronbach's alpha was used to assess the test-retest reliability of the health belief model constructs used in the instrument. The focus groups established that the instrument is valid. Reliability of the instrument varied by construct, with the majority of the constructs having sufficient reliability to make the instrument useful for assessing determinants of behavior contributing to the use of personal protective equipment in the small industrial shop setting. More research is recommended to further enhance the reliability of the instrument. The developed instrument fills a need for theory-based instruments that can be used to plan theory-driven interventions that target increasing personal protective equipment use in the small industrial shop setting.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Industrial safety; Blue-collar workers; Work environment
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name MS
Language eng
Relation is Version of Digital reproduction of "Development of a health-belief-model-based instrument to assess worker beliefs about using personal protective equipment" J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections RA4.5 2009 .W35
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Date Created 2012-04-23
Date Modified 2018-04-16
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