Title

Discretion and service use among older adults: The behavioral model revisited

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1998

Abstract

Research applying the behavioral model to the use of services among older adults could be enriched by the classification of services along a discretionary dimension. Survey responses from 2,178 community-dwelling older adults were used to test the hypothesis that predisposing, enabling, and need characteristics are better predictors of discretionary than nondiscretionary service use. Logistic regression results predicting the use of a variety of community-based and medical services categorized as most discretionary, partially discretionary, and least discretionary generally support our hypothesis, underscoring the importance of need characteristics for least discretionary service use.

Publication Name

Gerontologist

Volume Number

38

First Page

159

Last Page

168

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1093/geront/38.2.159

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS