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Health care accessibility for homeless women in Long Beach, California


2005 2005

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Abstract (summary)

The goals of this thesis are twofold: (1) to describe how homeless women negotiate the social and spatial networks of health care on daily basis in Long Beach, CA; and (2) to identify how individual perceptions health and health care affect the relationship between health care needs and health care accessibility. A sample of ten homeless women who previously completed the Risk Behavior Assessment Questionnaire (RBA) took part in a semi-structured interview. Questions focused on personal health, perceptions of health care in Long Beach, and issues of accessibility to health care. Homeless women reported a number of factors determined when and where they might seek out health care. First, personal perceptions of health care needs and their severity was a determining factor in seeking care. Second, several participants reported that "no services" were available while others reported that health care services were readily available. Third, many women used multiple approaches, including drug use, when negotiating their daily lives and health care concerns.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Geography;
Welfare;
Public health;
Womens studies
Classification
0366: Geography
0630: Welfare
0573: Public health
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences
Title
Health care accessibility for homeless women in Long Beach, California
Author
Enriquez, Maribel Pena
Number of pages
84
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
6080
Source
MAI 44/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542368264, 0542368269
Advisor
Casino, Vincent Del, Jr.
University/institution
California State University, Long Beach
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1429276
ProQuest document ID
305351373
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305351373
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