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Lisa Barry, Richard Fortinsky, Dorothy Wakefield

Field of Study

Public Health


Master of Public Health

Open Access

Open Access


Inmates age 50 and older are the fastest growing segment of the prison population. Because the majority of inmates return to the community, adequate self-care is essential for managing their overall health. Studies among older community-living persons indicate that emotional support is associated with improved efficacy for managing one’s health (e.g., health related self-efficacy). Data collected from the “Physical Functioning and Mental Health of Older Prisoners” study were analyzed to determine if emotional support is associated with health-related self-efficacy among older inmates in Connecticut. Even after controlling for demographic, incarceration and clinical/behavioral factors, older inmates reporting lower levels of emotional support were more likely to have poor health related self-efficacy. This relationship did not differ by gender. Identifying factors associated with poor health related self-efficacy in the older inmate population may inform the development of interventions focused on maximizing health related self-efficacy in this vulnerable population.

Major Advisor

Lisa Barry