Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Elena Bastida

Second Advisor

Dr. Kelly Himmel

Third Advisor

Dr. Guanz-Zhen Wang


Given the current and projected rises in prescription drug use among the elderly in the United States and the current and projected rises in prescription drug costs, this research attempts to examine this national trend within the specific context of poverty and rurality manifested in Starr County, Texas. Starr County offers an ideal naturalistic laboratory for examining demographic predictors for improper medication use in the United States, poverty and rural residence. Hence within this context of poverty and rural location, the following questions are posited for investigation in Starr County. To what extent do high drug costs and low incomes hinder the elderly in following prescription regimens and physician recommendations for obtaining and maintaining optimal health and what strategies do the elderly in Starr County use and implement in order to achieve a balance between adherence to a proper medication regimen necessary to maintain their health and adherence due to poverty?


Copyright 2005 Romeo Garcia Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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Sociology Commons