ERIC Number: ED308421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
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A Panel Study of Life Stress, Social Support and the Health Services Utilization of Older Persons.
Counte, Michael A.; Glandon, Gerald L.
Interest in the health care needs and medical care use patterns of older persons has steadily increased in recent years. The major goals of this study were to describe the variability of health services use by older persons and examine the extent to which specific factors moderate the relationship between life stress exposure and subsequent use of health services. Two groups of older persons (health maintenance organization members and fee-for-service clients) participating in a multi-year panel study comprised the sample. Time-ordered, multivariate analyses of links between life stress exposure, mediating variables, and subsequent use of health services indicate that the process may not be direct nor simple to explain. There were no indications that either social support or increasing age had any direct mediating effects on the time-ordered relationship between life stress exposure and the use of medical care services. However, the interaction of high life stress exposure and low social support was consistently linked to increased rates of health services use. Results are tabulated in five tables and references are included. (Author/TE).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society (41st, San Francisco, CA, November 18-22, 1988). Supported by the National Institute on Aging.