Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 467–474

Disability, Health and Generation Status: How Hispanics in the US Fare in Late Life

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10903-011-9500-7

Cite this article as:
Jones, A. J Immigrant Minority Health (2012) 14: 467. doi:10.1007/s10903-011-9500-7


Using prospective data from a cohort of elderly Hispanics, this study explores how first-, second- and 1.5-generation Latinos differ in their levels and trajectories of disability. The results indicate that compared to second-generation elderly Hispanics, first- and 1.5-generation Hispanics had higher levels of disability. In addition, 1.5-generation elderly Hispanics had higher average ADL and IADL limitations than second-generation Hispanics at the beginning, and over time, this difference increasingly diverged. Currently married individuals had lower levels of disability than formerly married Hispanics. Also, marriage at any point in time significantly limits variability in disability in the sample, indicating that readily available spousal support is significant in diminishing generation differences in disability. Implications from these findings for future research are discussed.


Disability Generation Hispanic Elderly Immigration Nativity 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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