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Racial Disparities in Functional Limitations among Hispanic Women in the United States

Citation

Chinn, Juanita J. & Hummer, Robert A. (2016). Racial Disparities in Functional Limitations among Hispanic Women in the United States. Research on Aging, 38(3), 399-423. PMCID: PMC4851457

Abstract

This article assesses whether there are race differences in functional health among Hispanic women in the United States; ascertains whether the race differences in functional health vary by age; and examines the extent to which race differences in functional health are attributable to key dimensions of demographic, geographic, and socioeconomic heterogeneity. The analysis is based on 15 years of aggregated data from the National Health Interview Survey. Both U.S.- and foreign-born Black and other race Hispanic women display a higher level of functional limitations than their White Hispanic counterparts. There is little evidence that such health differences widen with age. U.S.-born Black Hispanic women, however, suffer from a high burden of functional limitations across the adult age range. This research speaks to the need for greater attention to racial differences in health among Hispanics and particularly so within the U.S.-born segment of this rapidly aging population.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0164027515620244

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2016

Journal Title

Research on Aging

Author(s)

Chinn, Juanita J.
Hummer, Robert A.

PMCID

PMC4851457