Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Policy Studies - (M.S.)

Department

Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Norbert Elliot

Second Advisor

W. Patrick Beaton

Third Advisor

Frances Quinless

Abstract

A correlation between perceptions of environmental quality and psychological health has been established in a sample of Latina women. Three psychological scales exist to measure psychological constructs such as learned helplessness, hopelessness, and selfesteem. These three scales have been used in conjunction with an environmental survey designed to capture the perceptions of the sample to their physical environment.

The mean of scores for each psychological construct in the Latina sample were compared to the mean of scores for these constructs in independent samples of oncology, hemodialysis, and spinal cord injured patients being treated for depression. This comparison yields the following information: the Latina sample displays similar levels of learned helplessness with the samples of oncology and hemodialysis patients; the Latina sample displays similar levels of hopelessness with the oncology, hemodialysis, and spinal cord injured sample; and the Latina sample displays similar levels of selfesteem as the sample of hemodialysis patients and spinal cord injured patients, and possibly, the sample of oncology patients.

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