A Social Exclusion and Health Survey: Education, Relationships, Sense of Control
To outline findings of a study (pupose was to enhance the understanding of the construct of social exclusion) by examining the associations between education (years), social relations ( social networks and perceived social support), sense of control ( personal, interpersonal and socio-political domains) and self-rated health in Saskatchewan working low-income single mothers. A provincial random sample of 450 single mothers aged 18-59 were selected from two major urban areas in Saskatchewan. The participants were sent mailed questionnaires. Simple regression, multiple regression and path analysis was conducted. Preliminary findings suggest that an education-to-health conceptual model potentially demonstrates heuristic value as a policy tool in its potential to identify pathways that affect health outcomes and the cyclical process of social exclusion in impoversished single mothers and their children. "Relationship-based' rather than 'labour-force attachment' based policies are recommended.
Keywords: Social Exclusion, Survey, Single Mothers, Conceptual Model, 'Relationship-Based' Policies
Dr. Randy L. Johner
Doctoral Candidate and Lecturer, Saskatchewan Population Health Evaluation and Research Unit, University of Regina