The Effect of Participatory Learning Program on Health Promotion Behavior among Old Person in a Bansuan district, Chon Buri

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Laksana Pongpumma
Chettha Kaewprom
Thitiporn Yodprasert
Saneh Khunkaew


          This study employed a quasi-experimental research with two-group pretest-posttest design, aiming to investigate the efficacy of participatory learning program on health promotion behaviors, among old persons. Participants were 60 old person, equally divided into an experimental and a controlled group. Instruments were a participatory learning program for health promotion, and a set of questionnaires obtaining data about personal information and health promotion behaviors including; health responsibility, physical exercise, nutrition, interpersonal relation, spiritual growth, and stress management, which reported an internal reliability of .01-.83. The program was implemented continuously lasting 6 weeks, and there was a follow-up evaluation one month after program finished. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, independent t-test, and repeated measure ANOVA.

          The finding reveals that after finishing the program and 1 month after, old persons in an experimental group reported mean score of health promotion behaviors higher than that before participating the program (p<.05). Also, old persons in an experimental group reported mean score of health promotion behaviors higher than those in a controlled group (p<.05). Consequently, health workers should apply participatory leaning onto health promotion program for old persons. Also, health promotion program should be continuously implemented so that older persons will have a long term of appropriate health beliefs and behaviors.



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