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Exploring and explaining weight changes in first semester freshmen college students: Relationship to enrollment in a wellness course and other variables using a mixed method design


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine and explain causes of body weight changes in first-semester freshmen. A mixed method design was used to conduct an experimental component, search for statistical relationships among variables, and explore and further explain the findings related to body weight changes.

The quantitative results revealed that there was no significant difference in change in body weight between the experimental and control group. Major findings in the quantitative analysis were that freshman males are gaining more weight than freshman females during their first semester in college. Drinking contributes to this weight gain. In addition, feeling homesick was a factor in weight gain and those who purposefully dieted maintained their weight as compared to those who did not diet during the semester.

The qualitative themes that emerged included the availability and offerings in the dining hall, alcoholic consumption, homesickness, skipping breakfast, transition from high school to college, lack of sleep, freedom, importance of classes, facilities, programs, activities and culture as well as a connection among these themes.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Physical education;
Higher education
Classification
0523: Physical education
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; College students; Enrollment; Freshmen; Weight changes; Wellness
Title
Exploring and explaining weight changes in first semester freshmen college students: Relationship to enrollment in a wellness course and other variables using a mixed method design
Author
Jewett, Janice L.
Number of pages
190
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 68/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Isernhagen, Jody
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3258407
ProQuest document ID
304840077
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304840077
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