ERIC Number: ED213716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Measurement of Indicators of Needs, Use & Dissemination of Health Information among Older Black Americans: Conceptual and Methodological Problems.
Walker-Burt, Gaynell; And Others
A research instrument was designed to obtain baseline data for a larger study on health information needs of older black adults. Two dimensions of the study are analyzed: the dissemination of health information and the influence of psychosocial issues on the behavior of older blacks. Two groups of 60 subjects each, one in Michigan and one in Virginia, were interviewed. Senior citizens' centers, television, and friends were the primary information sources of health information for those interviewed. A modified forced-choice technique and an open-ended questioning technique were used to obtain respondents' attitudes toward death and dying. A general trend toward positive attitudes emerged with the forced-choice technique rather than with the open-ended questions. It is concluded that direct questioning is a valid technique to measure health information needs and attitudes toward death and dying. The survey instrument is appended. (FG)
Descriptors: Black Attitudes, Black Culture, Blacks, Death, Educational Gerontology, Health Education, Health Needs, Information Services, Older Adults, Pilot Projects, Research Methodology
Not available separately; see SP 019 911.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A