Role of place in explaining racial heterogeneity in cognitive outcomes among older adults
After adjustment for age and gender, a significant proportion of the residual differences in cognitive performance could be attributed to state of residence during childhood for African Americans as estimated by the variance partitioning component (VPC=12% for vocabulary, 2% for memory, 7% for general cognitive function). Estimates of VPC were smaller for Whites (VPC=5% for vocabulary, 1% for memory, 3% for general cognitive function). These results suggest place of residence during childhood years may contribute to the racial disparity of cognitive performance among older Americans.
Learning Areas:Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe how area of residence during childhood affects cognitive outcomes in older ages.
Keyword(s): Aging, Education
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