Psychology, Department of


Date of this Version

Spring 5-2011

Document Type



A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctorate of Philosophy, Major: Psychology, Under the Supervision of Professor Dennis McChargue. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2011
Copyright 2011 Krista Beth Highland


Health beliefs contribute to health outcomes. These health beliefs extend to include health beliefs parents have regarding their children’s health. However, the role of parental health beliefs remains unexplored among a low-income population. This study aims to assess these beliefs and the effects they have on child health. Furthermore, this study aims to delineate potential belief differences between socioecological-level groups (e.g. population density, Latino identification, and insurance coverage). The long-term goal is to understand the relationships among various personal health beliefs and parental health beliefs, psychosocial factors, community factors, cultural factors, organizational factors, and healthcare perceptions among this at-risk population. Results from this study can further inform public policy and public health procedures.

Advisor: Dennis McChargue