Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
First Committee Member
Jeffrey M. Kern, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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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.
Health attitudes; Hydrocortisone; Social comparison health aspects; Stress (Physiology)
Health Psychology | Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychology | Public Health
Holland, Samuel A., "Relative deprivation, relative gratification, status, and health" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 314.