Hardiness and attitudes toward professional healthcare services: Implications for healthcare service utilization among Black American adults

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Abstract

This study (N = 780) examines the indirect effects of hardiness—health locus of control (HLOC), health competence (HC), health value (HV)—on past-year healthcare provider visit via attitudes toward seeking and receiving professional healthcare services (ATSRPHS). Across four health domains (dental, general health, mental, vision), ATSRPHS mediated the indirect effect of (1) HV and (2) internal HLoC on past-year healthcare provider visit. ATSRPHS also mediated the indirect effect of external HLoC on past-year visit to healthcare provider visit for general medical, mental, and vision health. ATSRPHS did not mediate any indirect effect of HC on past-year healthcare provider visit. This research contributes to understanding determinants of healthcare service utilization among Black American adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • attitudes toward seeking healthcare services
  • hardiness
  • health competence
  • health value
  • healthcare service utilization

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