Self-care practices of college students

S. J. Coons, W. F. McGhan, J Lyle Bootman

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The literature indicates that the majority of symptoms of minor illness or injury experienced by individuals are handled routinely through some form of self-care. Less well described are the sources of information relied on in the self-care decision-making process. The purpose of this study was to assess the use of self-care measures by college students prior to visiting a student health service and, if self-care was undertaken, to determine the source(s) of self-care information. Results indicated that almost two thirds of the subjects had engaged in self-care for the symptoms that led to their visits. The most popular sources of self-care information included family members or friends, prior interaction with a health care provider, and nonprescription medication advertisements. This study did not address the appropriateness of the self-care information obtained; therefore, the quality of the information was not analyzed. Due to the prevalence of self-care among college students, attempts should be made to provide them with objective, high quality, and readily accessible self-care information. This information should be provided as part of an overall effort that encourages students to view health as a personal responsibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-173
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume37
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1989

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Students
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Student Health Services
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Health Personnel
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family member
Decision Making
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medication
illness
health care
responsibility
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Wounds and Injuries

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Education

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Self-care practices of college students. / Coons, S. J.; McGhan, W. F.; Bootman, J Lyle.

In: Journal of American College Health, Vol. 37, No. 4, 1989, p. 170-173.

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Coons, SJ, McGhan, WF & Bootman, JL 1989, 'Self-care practices of college students', Journal of American College Health, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 170-173.
Coons, S. J. ; McGhan, W. F. ; Bootman, J Lyle. / Self-care practices of college students. In: Journal of American College Health. 1989 ; Vol. 37, No. 4. pp. 170-173.
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