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Health insurance status, psychological processes, and older African Americans' use of preventive care

TitleHealth insurance status, psychological processes, and older African Americans' use of preventive care
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsO'Neal, CW, Wickrama, K, Ralston, PA, Ilich, JZ, Harris, CM, Coccia, C, Young-Clark, I, Lemacks, J
JournalJournal of Health PsychologyJournal of Health Psychology
Volume19
Pagination491-502
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number1359-1053<br/>1461-7277
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2014-11155-004
Keywords*Health Attitudes, *Health Behavior, *Health Care Utilization, *Health Insurance, Blacks, Gerontology, Health & Mental Health Services [3370], health attitudes, health insurance, psychological processes, preventive care usage, older African Americans, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs), Preventive Medicine, us
AbstractThe current study examined the influence of health insurance, psychological processes (i.e. psychological competency and vulnerability), and the interaction of these two constructs on older African Americans' utilization of five preventive care services (e.g. cholesterol screening and mammogram/prostate examination) using data from 211 older African Americans (median age = 60). In addition to direct effects, the influence of health insurance sometimes varied depending on respondents' psychological competency and/or vulnerability. Policies and interventions to increase older African Americans' use of preventive health services should consider structural (e.g. health insurance) and psychological (e.g. psychological competency and vulnerability) factors along with the interaction between these factors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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