TITLE

Residential Segregation, Socio-economic Status, and Disability: A Multi-Level Study of Puerto Ricans in the United States

AUTHOR(S)
BURGOS, GIOVANI; RIVERA, FERNANDO I.
PUB. DATE
October 2012
SOURCE
Centro Journal;Fall2012, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Although socioeconomic status (SES) is hypothesized to be one of the key mechanisms that links segregation to health, there are no multilevel studies that examine if SES mediates the relationship between segregation and disability among Puerto Ricans across the U.S. This paper introduces the Racialized Place Inequality Framework and addresses three questions: Does segregation affect the likelihood that Puerto Ricans have a disability? Are higher levels of segregation associated with lower SES? Does SES mediate the relationship between segregation and disability? Multilevel results from the 2008-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) and 2000 US. Census show that segregation (1) increases individuals' probability of having a disability, (2) is associated with lower levels of SES, and (3) affects disability directly and indirectly through SES. These findings indicate that segregation is a powerful upstream-macro level social structure that continues to limit the life chances of people of color in the U.S. through SES.
ACCESSION #
86388419

 

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