Date of Award

Spring 5-2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Chair

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Committee Chair Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 2

Dr. Lilian H. Hill

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 3

Dr. Richard S. Mohn

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 4

Dr. Thomas J. Lipscomb

Committee Member 4 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 5

Dr. Karen S. Coats

Committee Member 5 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

This study investigated employee participation in a college based wellness program using the following factors: leader support, incentives, job satisfaction, absenteeism, and self-efficacy. Specifically, the research was conducted to determine whether there was a significant relationship or difference in participation in a college based wellness program when looking at leader support, incentives, and individual self-efficacy and if participation made any difference on job satisfaction and/or absenteeism. The theoretical framework of this research is based on Bandura’s social learning theory, also known as social cognitive theory and was supplemented using Ajzen’s theory of planned behavior. This study could be beneficial to organizations trying to improve participation in wellness programs, and it has the potential to not only improve the well-being of employees but also the organization as a whole.