Transportation, Social Support by Family Visitation, and Depression of Older Adult Nursing Home Residents: A Mixed-Methods Study

This study uses a sequential mixed-methodological design to gather information from residents of nursing homes (NHs) and their family members to measure the impact transportation system outcomes have on institutionalized older adults’ mental health. The research questions explore: 1) How transportation access and mobility of family members directly affect mental health outcomes (e.g., depression) of residents in nursing homes, 2) How transportation access and mobility of family members indirectly affect depression outcomes of residents in nursing homes through the mediation role of family social support by visitation, and 3) What the direct effects of family social support by visitation have on depression outcomes of residents in nursing homes, both challenges and opportunities to transportation access and mobility, as well as positive and negative experiences of transportation access and mobility. Data from the proposed study will examine the implications of transportation access and mobility on the health of a particularly isolated, vulnerable population (e.g., NH residents) in order to optimize transportation systems across individual-, family-, and community- members. Study outcomes will offer implications aimed at improving the mobility and mental well-being for individuals and families across the lifespan, including older adults in NH settings.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $15000
  • Contract Numbers:

    NITC 1187

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    TREC at Portland State University

    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Managing Organizations:

    TREC at Portland State University

    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Project Managers:

    Hagedorn, Hau

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas at Arlington

    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308
  • Principal Investigators:

    Miller, Vivian

  • Start Date: 20180501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190410
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674836
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: NITC 1187
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2018 3:19PM