Differences among black, Hispanic, and white people in knowledge about long-term care services.
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Holmes, Monica; Teresi, Jeanne
This article provides data obtained through telephone interviews with 1,608 white, black, Mexican American, or Puerto Rican
respondents. The study was designed to measure differences among ethnic groups in knowledge and attitudes toward long-term
care services and the extent to which knowledge and attitudes affect service use. Across all groups, there is less knowledge
about long-term, community-based care than institutional services. The extent of knowledge about services is limited among
all groups, but especially among Puerto Ricans. There are marked differences among groups in attitudes toward services. Minority
groups are far more likely to perceive care of the elderly as a family responsibility and to stress the importance of ethnic
factors in service delivery. Despite differences among groups, knowledge and attitudes are less directly related to use of
services than is activity limitation. This may be because only a very small proportion of the respondents had any experience
with service use.
Attitude to Health : Analysis of Variance : Blacks/psychology : Comparative Study : Consumer Participation : Hispanic Americans/psychology
: Human : Long-Term Care/psychology : Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. : United States : Whites/psychology