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Health disparities among Latinas aging with disabilities

TitleHealth disparities among Latinas aging with disabilities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHarrison, T
JournalFam Community HealthFam Community Health
Volume32
PaginationS36-45
Date PublishedJan-Mar
ISBN Number1550-5057 (Electronic)<br/>0160-6379 (Linking)
Accession Number19065092
KeywordsAging, Cultural Characteristics, Disabled Persons/ statistics & numerical data, Female, Health Status Disparities, Hispanic Americans/ statistics & numerical data, Humans, Social Support
AbstractLatinas with disabilities report greater levels of disablement than non-Hispanic, White women with disabilities. Over the life course, Latinas experience increased numbers of functional limitations, more difficulties with activities of daily living, and more unemployment due to impairments. The reasons for this health disparity are unclear. The purpose of this article is to explore the empirical evidence surrounding health disparities in disablement among Mexican American women. From this exploration, recommendations are made, including moving beyond the correlational documentation of disparities, to building a knowledge base that provides theoretical reasons for disparities amenable to intervention.