Award Date

5-2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Jeffrey M. Kern, Chair

Second Committee Member

David Copeland

Third Committee Member

Cortney Warren

Graduate Faculty Representative

Timothy Bungum

Number of Pages

239

Abstract

The role of perceived inequity in health was assessed and compared to other social constructs predicted to be relevant in the relationship between inequity and health. Four studies were conducted that demonstrated that a social comparison-based measure of relative deprivation (RD) and relative gratification (RG) can predict health and continues to do so even after accounting for perceived stress, personal income, perceived control, and social participation. A measure of RD/RG was developed that was based on prominent social comparisons and objects of comparison. This measure was reliable and predictive of health in two samplings of different populations. Comparisons of the RD/RG measure to other measures are explored and future directions in health inequity research are discussed.

Keywords

Health attitudes; Hydrocortisone; Social comparison health aspects; Stress (Physiology)

Disciplines

Health Psychology | Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychology | Public Health

Language

English


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