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Understanding mesosystemic influences on reported health among rural low-income women: A structural equation analysis

Tiffany Bice-Wigington, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

While ensuring access to health insurance and health care services is important, emerging research indicates that individual health and well-being result from a complex array of environmental, social, and psychological factors. The delineation of how factors of health and well-being unfold and impact rural low-income women is particularly salient for social workers who provide services to rural residents and who work within a rural context. Utilizing components from the ecological systems perspective, this study explored how the factors associated with health risk influenced reported health and mesosystemic processes among rural low-income women. This sample (n=304) for this study was drawn from Rural Families Speak, a multi-state study of rural low-income women. Through the use of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) the hypothesized relationship between factors associated with health risk, reported health problems, and mesosystemic processes were estimated. Findings suggest that factors associated with health risk influence mesosystemic processes; further the processes inherit in mesosystemic processes are affected by and affect reported health problems over time among rural low-income women. ^

Subject Area

Women's Studies|Health Sciences, Public Health|Sociology, Individual and Family Studies

Recommended Citation

Bice-Wigington, Tiffany, "Understanding mesosystemic influences on reported health among rural low-income women: A structural equation analysis" (2011). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3449665.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3449665

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