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Watson, Jack Borden, Jr., Alcohol Use Among the Elderly
in Edmonton, Alberta: A Multivariate Analysis. Doctor of
Philosophy (Sociology), May, 1989, 295 pp., 18 tables,
bibliography, 204 titles.
A model of social stressor variables, social integration
variables and demographic control variables was tested to
assess their impact on alcohol use among the elderly. A
secondary analysis of a survey on alcohol use among the
elderly in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was conducted to test
the major hypotheses of the study. Contingency table
analysis, using gamma and partial gamma as correlation
coefficients, was utilized in the data analysis. The first
hypothesis, in regard to the positive relationship of social
stressors with alcohol use, was confirmed. The best
predictors of alcohol use among the social stressor variables
were usual occupation, length of retirement, annual income,
and subjective health status. The second hypothesis, that the
social integration variables would be negatively related to
alcohol use, received only moderate support. The results of
the analysis indicated that six of the ten social integration
variables were negatively related to alcohol use. Only three
of these variables, retirement status, religious
participation, and marital status, were statistically
significant. Hypothesis three also was not confirmed. The
introduction of the social integration variables did not
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Watson, Jack Borden. Alcohol Use among the Elderly in Edmonton, Alberta: a Multivariate Analysis, dissertation, May 1989; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc331581/m1/2/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .