Daily hassles' role in health seeking behavior among low-income populations

Rebekah Jacob, Lauren D. Arnold, Jean Hunleth, K. Allen Greiner, Aimee S. James

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Abstract

Objectives: To adapt a daily hassles measure for a low-income population and assess the relationship between hassles and health seeking behavior. Methods: The mixed methods approach used cognitive interviews (N = 23) to inform an adapted measure of daily hassles. The adapted scale was then tested via surveys (N = 144) in community health centers; multivariate logistic regression models were used to assess relationships among variables. Results: Hassle concerning having enough money for emergencies (76.5%) and worrying about personal health (68.8%) were among the most common. Increased health-related hassles were associated with an increased likelihood to delay needed care. Conclusions: Findings suggest daily hassles are unique among low-income populations and should be considered in health behavior interventions. Copyright (c) PNG Publications. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-306
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

Keywords

  • Daily hassle
  • Delay care
  • Health seeking behavior

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