Date of Award

Summer 8-2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Shawn Jeffries


The purpose of the study is to analyze if sense of control (SOC) is associated with body mass index (BMI), having a PCP, exercise behavior and a routine health check-up. Using the NTHHS' (North Texas Healthly Heart I Study) questionnaire, numerous models were run using both linear and logistical regressions to analyze the relationship between SOC, BMI, PCP, exercise behavior, and having a routine check-up as well as if PCP modifies these relationships. SOC was associated with exercise behavior but not BMI, PCP or having a routine check-up. PCP did not modify the associations. SOC can help PCP's identify individuals who engage in exercise behavior.