Documenting and Explaining Trends in Youth Disability, 1998-2011

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Studies of trends in disability prevalence focus on observed declines in disability prevalence among the population of retirement age or elderly adults, but fail to address whether this trend has also affected U.S. children and adolescents. The goals of this study are to 1) provide new evidence on trends in disability among children between the ages of 6 and 17; and 2) test potential explanations for the observed trends in youth disability. Using a pooled sample of the 1998-2011 National Health Interview Surveys, I first present annual population estimates of childhood disability prevalence over the 1998-2011 time period. I then decompose these trends into the parts attributable to changes in the sociodemographic composition of youths and changes in the relationship between sociodemographic characteristics and the probability of disability.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2013


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