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Quality of life satisfaction among Black women 75 years and older.

Author: Martin-Combs,-Claire; Bayne-Smith,-Marcia
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Date 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Gerontological-Social-Work
Volume/Pages Vol 34(1): 63-80
Subject Matter Aging, Research, African American; Women; Life Satisfaction; Middle-Class; Quality of Life, Gerontology; Social Environment; Neighborhoods; Safety; Self Care Skills
Abstract This study examined the living conditions and analyzed the determinants of quality of life satisfaction among 59 Black women 75 years and older. Data on the quality of life of the study participants was collected through a questionnaire that included 15 questions on quality of life variables as well as concerns about issues of personal safety, levels of physical independence and satisfaction with current living arrangements as well as what changes they would make if they could. The findings indicate that satisfaction with quality of life is significantly associated with belonging to a family and social support network that includes church, as well as maintaining physical health independence and personal safety. These findings hold implications for the design of social work services to the Black middle income elderly as well for future development of public policy that focuses on providing effective help for older Americans in all their diversity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)