Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department / School

Rural Sociology

First Advisor

Linda Baer


This study investigated age- and sex-specific death rates in South Dakota Counties among the population 65 and over in 1960, 1970 and 1980. Census Bureau and Vital Statistic data were employed to answer the basic question of how death rates and quality of life factors were related. Quality of life factors included; economics, urbanization, health technology, and education, which were operationalized at the county level. A description of county quality of life factors and age- and sex-specific death rates for males and females was presented. County death rates for the older population were regressed with county quality of life factors for each of the study years. A relationship between quality of life factors and death rates was found to exist in fifteen of the thirty-three death rates examined.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Mortality -- Sex differences -- South Dakota
Older people -- Mortality -- South Dakota
Quality of life -- South Dakota




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