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An Exploration of the Relationship between Socio-Demographic, Physical, and Mental Health Factors and the Ratings of Importance that Older Adults Place upon Different Attributes of Alternate Transportation for Seniors Services

  • Author / Creator
    Pidborochynski, Tara L A
  • The primary objectives of the research were to explore the underlying factor structure of the 5 A’s (Availability, Acceptability, Accessibility, Adaptability, Affordability) of senior friendly transportation and to identify variables (e.g., sex, age, location, income, health status, etc.) associated with older adults’ ratings of importance of different features of each of the 5 A’s. Exploratory Factor Analyses revealed three underlying latent factors: Essential Features; Non-Essential Features; and Demand Response Scheduling. Composite measures were developed to represent the ratings of importance that older adults place upon different features of senior friendly transportation. Based on multiple regression analyses, significant variables associated with older adults’ ratings of importance included driving status, sex, age, and income with the patterns of findings varying across the three factors. These results can be used to inform on more responsive models of alternate transportation for seniors.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3DV1CW94
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Specialization
    • Epidemiology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Voaklander, Donald (Department of Public Health Sciences)
    • Dobbs, Bonnie (Department of Family Medicine)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Strain, Laurel (Department of Sociology)