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The prevalence of sensory deficits, functional limitations, and disability among older Southeast Asians in the United States

TitleThe prevalence of sensory deficits, functional limitations, and disability among older Southeast Asians in the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsYang, MSee, Burr, JA, Mutchler, JE
JournalJournal of Aging and HealthJournal of Aging and Health
Volume24
Pagination1252-1274
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number0898-2643<br/>1552-6887
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2012-25897-008
Keywords*Aging, *Cognitive Impairment, *Physical Disorders, *Risk Factors, *Sensory System Disorders, Disabilities, Etiology, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Physical & Somatoform & Psychogenic Disorders [3290], Refugees, risk factors, sensory deficits, cognitive limitations, physical functional limitations, prevalence, older Southeast Asians refugees, United States, us
AbstractObjectives: This study described the prevalence of and risk factors for sensory deficits, cognitive and physical functional limitations, and disability among older Southeast Asian refugees in the United States. Methods: Data for the regression analyses were drawn from the 2003-2007 American Community Surveys. The sample included foreign-born persons aged 55 and older who were classified as Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese. Results: Hmong, Cambodian, and Laotian persons were more likely to report a sensory deficit, functional limitation and disability than Vietnamese persons. Year of arrival, English language proficiency and education were important risk factors. Hmong and Cambodian groups had the most negative health profiles. Discussion: Previous studies found that Vietnamese were the most health disadvantaged when compared to other Asian American groups and Whites. When compared to other refugee populations, the Vietnamese were actually the advantaged group. Our results indicated additional research on the disablement process among Southeast Asians is warranted. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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