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Record identifier : 569256
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Lyde, Adrian R
Title and statement of responsibility : Advocacy acts of communication to elected officials among members of selected professional health education associations [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2008
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Ph.D
Body granting the degree : , Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Summary or Abstract : The purpose of this dissertation research study was to assess selected health education professional association member participation in acts of communication with elected officials about public health policy or related issues. Personal and professional factors (environmental influence, self-efficacy to engage in, and attitude toward advocacy communication as important to health education programs) also were assessed.A reliability pilot survey was conducted to assess survey item test-retest reliability. Five hundred and fifty invitations to respond to a web based survey (or paper version) were sent to a systemically selected random sample of American Association of Health Education and American School Health Association Health Educator Section members. One hundred six valid survey responses were collected (n = 106). The average respondent was female, 43 years old, and worked in the profession of health education for 16.5 years.Frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlations, independent t-tests, stepwise regression, and analysis of variance were calculated. The .05 level of significance was used for all statistical tests. Results revealed a positively skewed distribution of advocacy communication with elected officials, meaning that few respondents communicated often and the majority of respondents communicated with elected officials very little if at all.Of respondent total advocacy communication scores (TACs) (n = 102), the mean score was 24.80, with a median of 10 and a mode of zero (n = 23). The standard deviation score in a positively skewed distribution of scores was 35.758. The TACs range was 0-189.TACs were found to be greater among older respondents: M (> 41) = 36.25, M (< 41) = 11.73, t(67.688) = 3.756, and p (two tailed test) = .000; number of years in health education: M (> 15) = 38.83, M (< 15) = 9.63, t(64.197) = 4.495, and p (two tailed test) = 000; and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentialed respondents M (CHES) = 41.03, M (Non-CHES) = 14.76, t(47.912) = 3.283, and p (two tailed test) = 002. Differences in mean TAC scores among respondents who were and were not members of a local, state, or national civic organization were statistically significant. indicating that some aspect of participation in such groups impacted respondent communication with elected officials M (Yes) = 38.69, M (No) = 16.21.A majority of respondents had high self-efficacy to engage in advocacy communication with elected officials. A majority believed their work environments were not restrictive to engaging in advocacy communication with elected officials by boss and employer policy or by co-worker influence. A majority of respondents believed advocacy communication with elected officials is a professional responsibility. They also believed that health educators' communication with elected officials can positively impact public policy.Because age, increased number of years in the profession, and CHES credential appear to have an impact on TACs, recommendations for health education include conducting research that controls for age and number of years in the profession and CHES credential to discover what, or if any, additional personal or professional factors have a relationship with advocacy communication to elected officials.The profession should also determine what lessons can be learned from civic organization involvement and apply such lessons to health education professional preparation and professional development activities. The profession would also benefit from research that identifies types of work or personal experiences that are perceived to be influential to health educators who do engage in advocacy communication.It is essential for the profession of health education continue its commitment to ensure health educators develop a cadre of communication skills (through practice in professional preparation and professional development) that are knowledge based, skill specific, and disposition developing to increase advocacy communication to elected officials about public health policy or related issues..
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