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Family Postponement of Medical and Dental Care: The Influence of Income Level and Financial Hardship
Consumer Interests Annual
  • Sara K. Ray, Iowa State University
  • Clinton G. Gudmunson, Iowa State University
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Presentation
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Published Version
Link to Published Version
https://www.consumerinterests.org/cia2017
Publication Date
1-1-2017
Abstract

Medical and dental care are some of the most expensive expenditures that consumers incur, and they are also some of the most common expenses that families postpone (Gallup, 2015; Kaiser, 2012). The goal of the present is to examine family and financial factors that influence families’ likelihood of delaying healthcare in a predominantly middle and upper income sample. A large body of research framed by the Family Stress Model has used the postponement of healthcare as one of many indicators of family economic pressure that together predict deleterious relationship and developmental outcomes (Gauthier & Furstenberg, 2010). However, only a handful of studies have examined factors that contribute to the delay of healthcare (Heflin, 2016). This is an important research gap to fill because receiving regular healthcare can lead to early detection of disease and improved quality of life

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This presentation is published as Ray, S.K., Gudmunson, C.G., Family Postponement of Medical and Dental Care: The Influence of Income Level and Financial Hardship. Consumer Interests Annual. 63 (2017). Posted with permission.

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American Council on Consumer Interests
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en
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Sara K. Ray and Clinton G. Gudmunson. "Family Postponement of Medical and Dental Care: The Influence of Income Level and Financial Hardship" Consumer Interests Annual Vol. 63 (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/clinton_gudmunson/14/