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dc.contributor.advisorRadel, Jeff
dc.contributor.advisorBrown, Tana
dc.contributor.authorGoetz, Jeannine
dc.date.accessioned2008-07-22
dc.date.available2008-07-22
dc.date.issued2008-05-05
dc.date.submitted2008
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:2498
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/3989
dc.description.abstractIndividuals with serious mental illness (SMI) are likely highly vulnerable to food insecurity, yet this issue remains unexplored within this population. METHODS: A mixed method approach to assess the prevalence and underlying factors was conducted. Food security status was assessed within a convenience sample of 72 community-dwelling individuals with SMI. Semi-structured interviews (n=28) and focus groups (n=4) were subsequently conducted. RESULTS: Within the sample, 45.8% were classified as food insecure, with 29.2% identified as very low food secure. While classic food insecurity barriers (e.g. lack of transportation, fixed income, inadequate resources, etc) were identified, these factors were further compounded by symptoms associated with mental illness. CONCLUSIONS: In comparison to national data, this SMI sample was nearly 8 times more likely to report food insecurity. Information discovered during interviews and focus groups will enable researchers to tailor a food security intervention uniquely suited to address the challenges presented within this population.
dc.format.extent317 pages
dc.language.isoEN
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectHealth sciences
dc.subjectMental health
dc.subjectPublic health
dc.subjectNutrition
dc.subjectFood security
dc.subjectFood insecurity
dc.subjectSerious mental illness
dc.subjectPsychiatric disability
dc.subjectQualitative research
dc.titleExploring Food Insecurity among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness: A Qualitative Study
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberSullivan, Debra
dc.contributor.cmtememberHamera, Edna
dc.contributor.cmtememberDaley, Christine
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineOccupational Therapy Education
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPH.D.
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