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Gender, educational and age differences in meanings that underlie global self-rated health

Wim Peersman UGent, Dirk Cambier UGent, Jan De Maeseneer UGent and Sara Willems UGent (2012) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. 57(3). p.513-523
abstract
Objectives The single-item question on self-rated health has been widely used in surveys. This study aims to explore which frames of reference are used by respondents when answering this question, to describe differences in the used frame of reference according to gender, educational background and age, and to determine whether subgroup differences can be explained by differences in prior health experiences. Methods Face-to-face interviews were conducted in a sample of 310 adults who were asked to rate their health using a single-item question with closed-ended answering categories and to explain the reasons for the rating they gave with open-ended probes. Different indicators of prior health experiences were taken into account. Results Physical health problems were the most utilized referents. However, participants also mentioned reasons that go beyond the physical dimension of health. Subgroup differences were found. Prior health experiences partly explained subgroup differences for some referents, but not for others. Conclusions Investigators using the single question on self-rated health for comparing health across different population groups should be aware that the meaning of the question varies across different socio-demographic groups.
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Survey, Gender, Self-rated health, Health measurement, Education, Age groups, SUBSEQUENT MORTALITY, SOCIOECONOMIC GROUPS, ASSESSED HEALTH, GENERAL HEALTH, GAZEL COHORT, SURVEY SF-36, ASSOCIATION, RELIABILITY, DETERMINANTS, RESPONDENTS
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Int. J. Public Health
volume
57
issue
3
pages
513 - 523
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000304446100008
JCR category
PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
JCR impact factor
1.993 (2012)
JCR rank
60/157 (2012)
JCR quartile
2 (2012)
ISSN
1661-8556
DOI
10.1007/s00038-011-0320-2
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1967279
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1967279
date created
2011-12-14 16:21:58
date last changed
2012-09-24 14:11:00
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  abstract     = {Objectives The single-item question on self-rated health has been widely used in surveys. This study aims to explore which frames of reference are used by respondents when answering this question, to describe differences in the used frame of reference according to gender, educational background and age, and to determine whether subgroup differences can be explained by differences in prior health experiences.
Methods Face-to-face interviews were conducted in a sample of 310 adults who were asked to rate their health using a single-item question with closed-ended answering categories and to explain the reasons for the rating they gave with open-ended probes. Different indicators of prior health experiences were taken into account.
Results Physical health problems were the most utilized referents. However, participants also mentioned reasons that go beyond the physical dimension of health. Subgroup differences were found. Prior health experiences partly explained subgroup differences for some referents, but not for others.
Conclusions Investigators using the single question on self-rated health for comparing health across different population groups should be aware that the meaning of the question varies across different socio-demographic groups.},
  author       = {Peersman, Wim and Cambier, Dirk and De Maeseneer, Jan and Willems, Sara},
  issn         = {1661-8556},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH},
  keyword      = {Survey,Gender,Self-rated health,Health measurement,Education,Age groups,SUBSEQUENT MORTALITY,SOCIOECONOMIC GROUPS,ASSESSED HEALTH,GENERAL HEALTH,GAZEL COHORT,SURVEY SF-36,ASSOCIATION,RELIABILITY,DETERMINANTS,RESPONDENTS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {513--523},
  title        = {Gender, educational and age differences in meanings that underlie global self-rated health},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00038-011-0320-2},
  volume       = {57},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Peersman, Wim, Dirk Cambier, Jan De Maeseneer, and Sara Willems. 2012. “Gender, Educational and Age Differences in Meanings That Underlie Global Self-rated Health.” International Journal of Public Health 57 (3): 513–523.
APA
Peersman, W., Cambier, D., De Maeseneer, J., & Willems, S. (2012). Gender, educational and age differences in meanings that underlie global self-rated health. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 57(3), 513–523.
Vancouver
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Peersman W, Cambier D, De Maeseneer J, Willems S. Gender, educational and age differences in meanings that underlie global self-rated health. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. 2012;57(3):513–23.
MLA
Peersman, Wim, Dirk Cambier, Jan De Maeseneer, et al. “Gender, Educational and Age Differences in Meanings That Underlie Global Self-rated Health.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 57.3 (2012): 513–523. Print.