Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Impact of Health Care Difficulties on Social Life Impairment among Adults in California
by McOsker, Caoimhe, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 56; 10786201
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore associations between demographic characteristics and social life impairment, poverty and social life impairment, and health care difficulties and social life impairment. This quantitative study was completed using secondary data obtained from the 2016 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) Adult Questionnaire. The study sample consisted of 3,200 adults aged 18 and older. Results of the study found that demographic characteristics of age, gender, Latino/Hispanic, race/ethnicity, marital status, nativity status, and disability status were significantly related to social life impairment. The study found that two out of three variables related to poverty—receiving SSI and covered by Medi-Cal—were significantly related to social life impairment. Additionally, the study found that the majority of the fifteen health care difficulties tested were significantly related to social life impairment. The study’s findings may be helpful for social workers, policy makers, health care providers, and the like to better understand the impact of demographics, poverty, and health care difficulties on social life impairment, depression, and quality of life.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santhiveeran, Janaki
Commitee: Kim, Mimi, Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Depression, Health care, Social life impairment
Publication Number: 10786201
ISBN: 978-0-438-19645-2
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