Disaggregating Ethnic Diversity in the Non-Hispanic White and Black Populations: Implications for Disability Across the Life Course
In an effort to better understand health disparities in non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black disabled adults in different age groups, this pilot study disaggregates ethnic populations that the U.S. Census breaks down into the two broad, aforementioned racial categories. Utilizing ancestry data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey, the study identifies all ethnic groups collapsed into these nonspecific categories, and examines the size and sociodemographic composition of each of these ethnic groups for further analyses.
The study also determines the statistically significant differences in disability across these groups throughout the life course. The pilot assesses which sociodemographic factors associated with disability operate similarly (or differently) across ethnic categories and age groups. The resulting data provides a comprehensive analysis of disability among ethnic groups at younger and older ages of adulthood.