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The purpose of the quasi-experimental research aimed to investigate the effects of self-regulation program on health behaviors and pulmonary function of school-age children with asthma. The conceptual framework for this study was based on self-regulation’s concept (Bandura, 1986). The sample comprised of 50 school-age with asthma between 9 to 12 years old who visited the asthma clinic, pediatric outpatient department of the hospital, Pranakornsriayutthaya province. The samples were randomly assigned into control and experimental groups which were 25 equally. The control group received regular nursing care while the experimental group received the self-regulation program. Research instruments were self-regulation program, self-regulation of school-age children handbook and questionnaires. All instruments have been tested for content validity index (CVI) was .86. The Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of the questionnaire was .81. The data were analyzed by frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation, chi-square test, and t-test. Setting the level of significance at .05.
The research finding as follows: The mean score of health behaviors and pulmonary function of the school-age children with asthma who participated in the self-regulation program were significantly higher than prior to the experiment at the level of .05 (t = 32.03, p = .000 and t = 22.85, p = .000). Moreover, the mean score of health behaviors and pulmonary function of experimental group after receiving the self-regulation program were significantly higher than those of the control group at the level of .05 (t = -9.891, p = .000 และ t = -8.13, p = .000).
In conclusion, this self-regulation program could be used to promote health behaviors and pulmonary function in the school-age children with asthma and have a problem of health behavior.
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