Stress and medical care utilization: Element of screening behavior

Eric J. Bailey1
1Wayne State University, United States
Cite this article:  Bailey, E. J. (1986). Stress and medical care utilization: Element of screening behavior. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 14(1), 99-102.

Volume 14 Issue 1 | e492 | Published: February 1986 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1986.14.1.99

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Previous researchers have demonstrated a relationship between stress and the inclination to seek medical advice. In the present study it was hypothesized that clients who utilize the medical facility for the first-time will exhibit higher stress levels than those who are frequent or nonusers. Spielberger's State-Trait Anxiety Inventory measured stress in anxiety scores among 183 clients who attended a health screening service. Findings indicated that clients who experienced heightened anxiety levels during the screening were younger, men, lower-income, and unemployed. Speculations are offered regarding the meaning and significance to health professionals in modifying a client's health care practices.

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