CitationDuBois, Lindsay A. & Durkin, Maureen (2016). Health disparities from adolescence to early adulthood among individuals with disabilities. 2016 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.
AbstractCompared to people without disabilities, individuals with disabilities experience significant health disparities. This study uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to understand the trajectories of health among individuals with disabilities compared to peers without disabilities during transition from adolescence into adulthood. In adolescence, individuals with disabilities were significantly more likely than non-disabled peers to experience poorer self-reported health, absence due to health issues, depression, and suicidal thoughts. In young adulthood, those with disabilities were also more likely to be overweight. Further, the disparities in self-reported health, depression, suicidal thoughts, and overweight increased significantly over time. These findings point to important implications about the need for and timing of interventions to reduce disparities.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book Title2016 Add Health Users Conference
Author(s)DuBois, Lindsay A.