Conceptualization and Measurement of Health for Adults in the Health Insurance Study

Vol. VI, Analysis of Relationships Among Health Status Measures

by John E. Ware, Allyson Ross Davies, Robert H. Brook


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The sixth volume in a series reviewing published literature and documenting conceptualization and construction of health status measures used in the Health Insurance Study (HIS). Analyses reported in this volume focus on the nature of relationships among measures of the different health status components--physical, mental, and social--and general health perceptions. Results of a factor analysis and other correlational analyses support the validity of HIS physical and mental health measures; preliminary measures of social well-being and general health perceptions were also studied. The authors present a preliminary multivariate model of relationships among health status constructs that can be applied to general, nonaged populations.

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