Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

MA in Psychology



First Advisor

William F. Chaplin

Second Advisor

Allison J. Jaeger


This study sought to examine the relationship between poor health and coping styles and the relationship between poor health and health practices. Another goal of this study was to observe if variables such as depression, religiosity, and locus of control might serve as moderators of these relationships. The participants and data used in this study were from the Eugene-Springfield Community Sample. The materials used included the Health Practices Questionnaire (HPQ), the Personal Attribute Survey (PAS), the Comprehensive Health Survey (CHS), and the Experimental Personality Survey (EPS). Structural equation modeling was used to analyze the data. The results revealed that poor health was positively associated with distraction coping, instrumental coping, emotional-preoccupation coping, and health practices. Furthermore, depression was positively associated with emotional-preoccupation coping; religiosity was positively associated with distraction coping, palliative coping, and instrumental coping as well as health practices; and locus of control was negatively associated with emotional-preoccupation coping. No moderating effect of depression, religiosity, or locus of control was found on the relationships between poor health, coping styles, and health practices.