Identifier

etd-04112013-114815

Degree

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Department

Social Work

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Older adults participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at much lower rates than the general population. Possible explanations for this disparity include stigma, lack of information, and lack of transportation. However, past research focusing on SNAP use among older adults is limited and utilizes age cohorts in their analyses that may not accurately reflect actual age differences in SNAP participation. This study explored four different models of age categorizations as they relate to SNAP participation rates among older adults over 55. Using a sample of 10,116 from the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the research used logistic regression analyses to test the four age categorization models. Results indicated that age added little predictive power to the SNAP participation model, and that no age categorization model predicted participation better than any other.

Date

2013

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Livermore, Michelle

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Social Work Commons

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