Factors Associated with Emergency Food Recipient's Information Search

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Data from a survey of emergency food recipients conducted in a northwestern state were used to identify factors associated with recipient's information search behavior when they sought emergency food help. Results from logistic and general linear multiple regressions indicated that age, phone possession, family income, and household size influenced the use of interpersonal communication as information sources. Age, number of years in residence, television possession, food box usage food stamp usage, and working status affected the use of free‐food‐distributing agencies as information sources. The choice of other information sources differed by gender, life satisfaction status, food stamp usage family income, education, and household size. The use of media as information sources was affected by food box usage, education, life satisfaction status, and household size. Recipients who had more information sources were those who used more food boxes and food stamps, females, and those who had no telephones at home. 1995 American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

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Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal