Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Janice A. Maville

Second Advisor

Dr. Barbara Tucker

Third Advisor

Dr. Vern Vincent


The purpose of this study was to assess self-efficacy as a predictor of functional performance status in order to discover correlations that could be used to improve care of the colorectal cancer patient. Thirty participants were accessed through three outpatient cancer clinics during a two-week period. Data was collected through a demographics questionnaire, the Cancer Behavior Inventory Long Form, and the Karnofsky Performance Scale Index. Stepwise multiple regression was used to identify and relationships between the dependent variable, functional performance status, and the independent variables, self-efficacy, age, gender, residence, treatment, and metastasis ( p = .05). Pearson's correlation showed a relatively low correlation among the variables. Results showed self-efficacy ( p = .003) as the number one predictor of performance status, with metastasis following ( p = .000). Future studies are recommended to reinforce these findings. Development of a program to promote self-efficacy for colorectal cancer patients is recommended.


Copyright 2004 Dollie A. Husfeld. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Nursing Commons