ERIC Number: ED197836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Health Behavior, Health Care and Health Status: Sex Differences Among White and Nonwhite Adolescents.
Landsberger, Betty H.
The present study follows up a report by the same author of gender differences in health status of white and nonwhite adolescents. Both studies reported upon secondary analysis of data on a national sample of adolescent subjects from the Health Examination Survey conducted between 1967 and 1970 by the National Center for Health Statistics. Reported here were scales for Health Behavior and Health Care, constructed from items from the parent interview, from the youth questionnaire and from clinical data. Scores for males and females were examined among whites and among nonwhites. Males had higher scores for Health Behavior than females in both race groups at adolescence. The Health Behavior scale was related significantly in all sex-race groups to all scales measuring health status. Correlations were low (r's of .08 to .35); they were consistently higher for nonwhite females than others. When the Health Care scale scores were examined, the differences in this adolescent population were between races, not sexes. In all sex-race groups, amount of health care received was related with low negative r's to measure of health status; for nonwhites most of these correlations were not significant. The measure of socioeconomic status from the HES data was the variable correlated positively in all groups with health care. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Health Examination Survey
Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the Southern Sociological Society (Louisville, KY, April 9, 1981). Best copy available.