ERIC Number: ED398719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Prevalence of Disabling Conditions among Diverse Racial/Ethnic Groups in the United States.
Walker, Sylvia; And Others
This study used data on 120,032 people from the 1991 National Health Interview Survey to assess prevalence of disabilities among racial and ethnic minority groups. It examined the status of racial/ethnic minority persons in the following four disability categories: (1) chronic health conditions; (2) physical, sensory, and language impairments; (3) mental disorders; and (4) nervous disorders. It related these categories to a number of reference variables including gender, age, education, family income, marital status, employment, and geographic region. Among findings were the following: African American males have higher percentages of mental and nervous disorders than other males; there is an overrepresentation of African and Hispanic Americans in all four disability categories; and a large number of minority persons with disabilities are in the working-age population. A tendency was found for minority persons across disability categories to be at the bottom of the economic ladder. Policy recommendations include the need for outreach efforts to people with disabilities in minority populations and provision of culturally appropriate services by vocational rehabilitation professionals. Specific data charts are included in the appendix. (Contains 34 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Blacks, Cultural Differences, Demography, Disabilities, Educational Background, Employment, Ethnic Groups, Family Income, Hispanic Americans, Incidence, Marital Status, Minority Groups, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Vocational Rehabilitation
Howard University Research and Training Center, 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Holy Cross Hall, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20008.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC. Center for Disability and Socioeconomic Policy Studies.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Health Interview Survey