Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Thomas Nicholson, Wayne Higgins, Jimmie Price

Degree Program

Department of Public Health

Degree Type

Master of Science


The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between meaning in life and utilization of health care services. An epidemiological, cross-sectional study was performed on a sample of 282 students at Western Kentucky University and 49 employees at the Barren River District Health Department. Study participants completed the Life Attitude Profile--Revised and the Participant Data Sheet. The data gathered and analyzed via correlation analysis showed no overall significant relationship between the two variables for this sample. The possible impact that overall mental health status has on the utilization rates of health care services rust be examined in the future in order to better meet the medical needs of the general population of United States.


Health Services Research | Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health