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Am J Health Behav. 2015 Jan;39(1):148-56. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.39.1.16.

Determinants of social status among homeless adults.

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1
The University of Houston, College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology, Houston, TX, USA.
2
The University of Houston, College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology, Houston, TX, USA. Lrreitzel@uh.edu.
3
The University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Dallas, TX, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine determinants of subjective social status (SSS) among 394 sheltered homeless adults.

METHODS:

Demographics, socioeconomic status, homelessness, and other life factors were examined as potential determinants of US and Community SSS using parametric tests.

RESULTS:

Higher income, African-American/other race, having health insurance, being employed, having longer duration of homelessness, having children, and being of non-veteran status were each significantly associated with higher SSS-US. African-American/ other race and having health insurance were significantly associated with higher community SSS. Variables maintained significance in multivariate models except homelessness duration (for SSS-US).

CONCLUSIONS:

Given known relations of SSS and negative health behaviors and outcomes, understanding the correlates of SSS among homeless adults may facilitate targeted interventions.

PMID:
25290607
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.39.1.16
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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