Date Approved

2017

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Caren Putzu

Second Advisor

Angie Mann-Williams

Abstract

Although much research exists on how food insecurity impacts one's quality of life, there are no studies to date that have compared the quality of life between food insecure and food secure individuals. This mixed-methods study explores these comparisons. The online survey assessed quality of life in the areas of performance at school/work, psychological and physical health, and quality of relationships. The survey included closed and open-ended questions and was analyzed using quantitative and qualitative methods. This study reveals that food insecure individuals had a poorer quality of life in most of the areas that were assessed. The results are intended to give a deeper and more personal perspective of what it means to be food insufficient and how food insecurity may impact one's quality of life.

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