Date of Award

7-1-1997

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Africana Women's Studies

First Advisor

Belmont Williams

Abstract

The literature on minority aging in the United States reveals a lack of adequate research data on minorities, especially on older black women. Members of different ethnic or minority groups are subjected to different socioeconomic problems throughout life and especially as they grow older. This study focuses on research collected during a 1996 study of the aging, health status and survival strategies of black females between the ages of 65 to 95, in a large versus small urban population. This study also employed quantitative survey questionnaire methodologies, to test the hypotheses that aging, health status and survival strategies impact the longevity of these women. Based on the analysis of the review of pertinent research literature and standard reference texts, a survey questionnaire was developed and tested. The survey instrument was administered to a prescreened, random sample of women in West Atlanta and East Macon, Georgia. One hundred and twenty surveys were administered (100%) were returned.

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