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Title: Some aspects of lower working class utilisation behaviour
Author: McKinlay, John B.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3625 3489
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1970
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This report is an account of some aspects of the utilisation behaviour of eighty-seven lower working class families, in Aberdeen City. It examines some of the ways in which and the reported reasons for which these families acted in response to certain health, illness and social welfare episodes over a period of about one and a half years. The families were first seen around the second half of 1968 and were followed through until the end of 1969. Both in time and in depth, the investigation encompasses a wide and varied range of utilization behaviour for the study families, a range which could not be adequately covered in one report. In the six chapters that follow, therefore, only selected aspects of utilisation behaviour shall be considered. These are presented in a logical order, beginning with a review of a variety of studies which illustrate different approaches used in the study of utilistion (chapter two); this is followed by a detailed description of the methodology and field techniques employed during the investigation and of some of the advantages and disadvantages of the various research strategies adopted (chapter three); some socio-demographic characteristics of utilisers and underutilisers are than presented, both to add to existing knowledge of underutilisers, and to provide the reader with a detailed description of the sample drawn (chapter four), data are then examined to shed light on the social network differences between the utilising and underutilising study groups and some suggestions are offered as to how these differences may explain variations in utilisation behaviour (chapter five), following this, some ways in which the method of delivering medical care and social welfare appears to influence the utilisation behaviour of the lower working class, given the presence of some actual or perceived need, are examined (chapter six); the final chapter presents a synthesis of the foregoing discussion, as well as some suggestions for the possible reshaping of some health and welfare services, and a consideration of some of the broader implications of the study for continuing and emerging issues in sociological theory.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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