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Race, Aging, and Functional Health

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Clark, DO; Maddox, GL; Steinhauser, K
Published in: Journal of Aging and Health
January 1, 1993

This article presents evidence of a Black/White crossover in functional health. Its existence supports the hypothesis, based on selective survival, that older members of socially disadvantaged populations are relatively more physiologically robust and thus exhibit relatively favorable functional capacities. Longitudinal data on 5,150 persons 70 years of age and older shows that within young-old age groups, Blacks are more likely to experience functional status decline over a 6-year period than Whites, whereas within oldest-old age groups, Blacks are less likely to experience decline. The authors also provide confirmation or modification of several hypotheses implicit in the literature on aging, race, and functional health. They find support for the hypothesis that racial differences in age-related changes in mean levels of functional health (i.e., self-care capacity and physical functioning) are age dependent, but do not find support for the hypothesis that social class fully accounts for racial differences in functional status change. © 1993, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

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Journal of Aging and Health

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1552-6887

ISSN

0898-2643

Publication Date

January 1, 1993

Volume

5

Issue

4

Start / End Page

536 / 553

Related Subject Headings

  • Gerontology
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services
 

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Clark, D. O., Maddox, G. L., & Steinhauser, K. (1993). Race, Aging, and Functional Health. Journal of Aging and Health, 5(4), 536–553. https://doi.org/10.1177/089826439300500407
Clark, D. O., G. L. Maddox, and K. Steinhauser. “Race, Aging, and Functional Health.” Journal of Aging and Health 5, no. 4 (January 1, 1993): 536–53. https://doi.org/10.1177/089826439300500407.
Clark DO, Maddox GL, Steinhauser K. Race, Aging, and Functional Health. Journal of Aging and Health. 1993 Jan 1;5(4):536–53.
Clark, D. O., et al. “Race, Aging, and Functional Health.” Journal of Aging and Health, vol. 5, no. 4, Jan. 1993, pp. 536–53. Scopus, doi:10.1177/089826439300500407.
Clark DO, Maddox GL, Steinhauser K. Race, Aging, and Functional Health. Journal of Aging and Health. 1993 Jan 1;5(4):536–553.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of Aging and Health

DOI

EISSN

1552-6887

ISSN

0898-2643

Publication Date

January 1, 1993

Volume

5

Issue

4

Start / End Page

536 / 553

Related Subject Headings

  • Gerontology
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services