Journal article

Disability discrimination and avoidance in later life: prevalence, disability differentials and association with mental health

Jeromey B Temple, Margaret Kelaher, Ruth Williams

International Psychogeriatrics | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2018

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Background:Later life is a period of increased risk of disability, but there is little quantitative evidence regarding the exclusion of older people (through discrimination and avoidance) due to their health conditions. This study aims to (1) measure the prevalence of disability exclusion in later life, (2) examine how experiences of exclusion differ by disability type, and (3) investigate the association of exposure to exclusion with psychological distress. METHODS: Using data from the 2015 ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, we calculated the prevalence of people aged 55 years and over with a disability experiencing discrimination and engaging in avoidance behaviors, d..

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