The purpose of this study was to evaluate the practices and perceptions undergraduate students have of complementary and alternative medicine. This study also analyzed the purpose in which students use complementary and alternative medicine. A survey was distributed to 450 students attending undergraduate classes at a large Midwestern university. The survey was developed using A Complementary Alternative Medicine Questionnaire for Young Adults by Patterson and Arthur (2009). This survey consisted of 48 questions addressing demographic information, uses of complementary and alternative medicine, mind-body practices and beliefs of complementary and alternative medicine. There was a total of 307 responses; however,14 were eliminated as a result of incomplete responses. The data was analyzed with 293 completed surveys. There is a high use of certain CAM practices among sampled undergraduate students including, physical activity, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, massage, and prayer. There were no gender differences in regard to males’ and females’ beliefs related to CAM. Gender differences were found with mind-body practices including males more likely than females to use movement therapy and females more likely than males to use prayer and yoga. Recommendations for further research include conducting this study among a broader representation of students.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Allied Health and Nursing
Putz, J. A. M. (2017). Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Current Mind-Body Practices and Perceptions of Undergraduate Students [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/689/
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