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Disability in U.S. Households, 2000–2010: Findings from the National Health Interview Survey
Article first published online: 11 JAN 2014
© 2014 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 63, Issue 1, pages 20–38, February 2014
How to Cite
Altman, B. M. and Blackwell, D. L. (2014), Disability in U.S. Households, 2000–2010: Findings from the National Health Interview Survey. Family Relations, 63: 20–38. doi: 10.1111/fare.12044
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 11 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 20 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Received: 27 FEB 2013
- households and families;
- United States;
Understanding the demographic structure of households containing members with disabilities is of key importance in policy planning for populations with disabilities at state and national levels. Yet most, but not all, previous family-level studies of disability have excluded persons living alone or with unrelated persons (e.g., a housemate or an unmarried partner) because they are not considered families. To address this gap, the authors utilize National Health Interview Survey data to produce household-level estimates of disability using a detailed household type variable that includes households omitted from previous reports. Findings indicate that one-person households made up 24.7% of all households with an adult age 18 to 64 with a disability, and 42.9% of all households with an adult age 65 or older with a disability. Including nonfamily households provides a clearer picture of the association between living arrangements and disability in the United States.