Frailty and education in the hispanic health and nutrition examination survey

J Paul Leigh, James F. Fries

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This study tests for the presence of education-frailty correlations among 1,176 Mexican Americans, 522 Cuban Americans, and 560 Puerto Ricans, 50 years and older, in the Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Hispanics with the least schooling (less than 7 years) were found to have the highest frailty rates, and those with the most (more than 12 years of schooling) were found to have the lowest frailty rates. Similar, but somewhat weaker, correlations were discovered after a measure of self-efficacy was accounted for.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-127
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2002


  • Education
  • Frailty
  • Health and nutrition examination survey
  • Hispanic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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