Date of Award
Master of Science
Human Development and Family Studies
Jennifer A. Margrett
Self-rated health is deemed a parsimonious and multi-dimensional indicator of overall health, predictive of mortality. The current study evaluated personal as well as spousal predictors of self-rated health in older adults given the influence of partners over the life course. Hierarchical regression analyses assessed individual and dyadic (spousal) predictors of self-rated health for 552 couples from the Iowa version of the Established Populations for Epidemiological Studies of the Elderly (EPESE). Individual predictors of education, depressive symptoms, and number of chronic conditions were predictive for both husbands and wives. No spousal variables were significant. Further analyses should be employed to test for interactional effects of spouses on self-rated health
Daugherty, Kate, "Dyadic influences on self-rated health among older adults" (2009). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 10612.