Impact of preconception health education on health locus of control and self-efficacy in women

East Mediterr Health J. 2010 Apr;16(4):396-401.


The preconception period is an ideal opportunity to optimize women's health. This study of women attending premarital clinics in the Islamic Republic of Iran aimed to evaluate the impact of a health education workshop on their health locus of control and self-efficacy in physical activity. The design was a randomized controlled trial with a questionnaire before and after the intervention. At post-intervention, there were significant increases in scores of internal health locus of control and self-efficacy in the experimental group (n = 109) compared to the control group (n = 101). It was concluded that a short-term health education may empower women to adopt healthy lifestyles.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Family Planning Services
  • Female
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Iran
  • Mass Screening
  • Preconception Care / organization & administration*
  • Premarital Examinations
  • Program Evaluation
  • Prospective Studies
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urban Population
  • Women* / education
  • Women* / psychology