ERIC Number: ED197838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Adolescents' Health Status: Sex Differences Among Whites and Nonwhites.
Landsberger, Betty H.
The purpose of this study was to determine differences in health status between the sexes in both white and nonwhite adolescents. Data from the 1969 Health Examination Survey's large sample of 12- to 17-year-olds were used to build a group of scales (Exam, Home and Youth Scales). The information obtained from each scale was combined to produce a measure of the health of each adolescent. Each scale was made up of items from (a) a clinical study of each subject; (b) interviews with parents about the subject's past and present health; (c) questionnaire data obtained from each subject; and (d) school officials' ratings of each subject's adjustment at school. Three major findings were highlighted. (1) The health of females among white adolescents was somewhat poorer than that of white males. (2) The health of nonwhite females was poorer than that of the other three sex-race groups. (3) Correlation of youths' own ratings of their health with estimates from others, including clinicians, showed females to be somewhat more accurate than males in self-rating their health. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Health Examination Survey