ERIC Number: EJ804961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
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Health Behaviors, Service Utilization, and Access to Care among Older Mothers of Color Who Have Children with Developmental Disabilities
Magana, Sandy; Smith, Matthew J.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v46 n4 p267-280 Aug 2008
This study examined health behaviors, utilization, and access to care among older Latina and Black American mothers who co-reside with a child with developmental disabilities. Using data from the National Health Interview Survey National Center for Health Statistics (2005a), we compared Latina and Black American caregivers to similar women who did not have caregiving responsibilities. Findings showed that Latina caregivers were more likely to smoke and have insurance; Black American caregivers were less likely to be able to afford medication and mental health care; and both groups were less likely to have seen a doctor in the past year than their noncaregiving counterparts. Findings suggest that service providers should consider developing programs that focus on health for caregivers of color. Furthermore, results suggest that providers should take into account differing trends across ethnicities when designing programs.
Descriptors: Mothers, Developmental Disabilities, Health Behavior, Cultural Differences, Access to Health Care, Minority Groups, Age Differences, Child Health, Health Services, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Comparative Analysis, Smoking, Health Insurance, Racial Differences, Low Income Groups, Mental Health
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aamr.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Health Interview Survey