Date of Award

Summer 1981

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Although movement is an ordinary phenomenon, it has rarely been conceptualized in a health perspective. A trimodal conceptualization of movement has been proposed, the pertinent literature reviewed, and nursing implications discovered. The proposed modes of movement are: (1) the physiologic which encompasses anatomic structures of movement, and the physiologic effects of movement on those structures, (2) the behavioral which encompasses observable manifestations of movement and a discussion of assessment tools available, and (3) the cognitive interpretive which presents the meaning movement has for an individual including the social ramifications of movement. Nursing implications are generated for each of the modes, as well as for the conceptualization in general, in a health perspective.

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