TITLE

EFFECT OF RACE AND ETHNICITY CLASSIFICATION ON SURVEY ESTIMATES: ANOMALY OF THE WEIGHTED TOTALS OF AMERICAN INDIANS AND ALASKA NATIVES

AUTHOR(S)
Sunghee Lee; Satter, Delight E.; Ponce, Ninez A.
PUB. DATE
October 2009
SOURCE
American Indian & Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Jour;2009, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Racial classification is a paramount concern in data collection and analysis for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and has far-reaching implications in health research. We examine how different racial classifi cations affect survey weights and consequently change healthrelated indicators for the AI/AN population in California. Using a very large random population-based sample of AI/ANs, we compared the impact of three weighting strategies on counts and rates of selected health indicators. We found that different weights examined in this study did not change the percentage estimates of health-related variables for AI/ANs, but did infl uence the population total estimates dramatically. In survey data, different racial classifi cations and tabulations of AI/ANs could yield discrepancies in weighted estimates for the AI/AN population. Policy makers need to be aware that the choice of racial classification schemes for this racialpolitical group can generally infl uence the data they use for decision making.
ACCESSION #
52225816

 

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