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ERIC Number: EJ1071293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
The Life Expectancy of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Germany
Dieckmann, Friedrich; Giovis, Christos; Offergeld, Jana
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v28 n5 p373-382 Sep 2015
Background: This study presents age group-specific mortality rates and the average life expectancy of people with intellectual disabilities in Germany. Method: For two samples from Westphalia-Lippe and Baden-Wuerttemberg, person-related data for the years 2007-2009 were analysed. Age group-specific mortality rates were estimated by exponential regression analyses. Results: The average life expectancy of men with intellectual disabilities was 70.9 years in Westphalia-Lippe and 65.3 years in the Baden-Wuerttemberg sample. Women with intellectual disabilities reached a life expectancy of 72.8 years in the Westphalian sample and 69.9 years in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The mortality tables, the crude mortality rates and the standardized mortality rates according to the WHO standard population are reported. Conclusion: Comparing the results with other international studies, the trend of increasing life expectancies of people with intellectual disabilities is confirmed. People with intellectual disabilities still have a lower average life expectancy than the general population, partly due to subgroups with low life expectancies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany