TITLE

SELF-RATED HEALTH AND FUNCTIONAL ABILITY IN LATER LIFE

AUTHOR(S)
Strain, Laurel A.
PUB. DATE
October 1996
SOURCE
Gerontologist;Oct1996 Supplement, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p309
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Abstract
ABSTRACT
While self-rated health has been found to be an important predictor of mortality, less attention has been given to the relationship between self-rated health and functional ability (Idler and Kasl, 1995). Drawing on interview data collected in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1985 and 1993/94, this relationship was examined both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. The sample consisted of the 391 survivors among the 743 respondents in the 1985 study. Ability with both basic and instrumental activities of daily living was considered. The findings revealed the differential impact of self-rated health on functional ability, taking selected socio-demographic characteristics, chronic health problems, health beliefs, preventive health behaviours, and life events into account. Self-rated health emerged as significant for overall functional ability in both 1985 and 1993/94. However, it had less influence when considering change in functional ability. Implications for future research on self-rated health are discussed.
ACCESSION #
80256153

 

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