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Self-Ratings of Health among the Old and the Old-Old

Kenneth F. Ferraro
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 21, No. 4 (Dec., 1980), pp. 377-383
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136414
Page Count: 7
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Self-Ratings of Health among the Old and the Old-Old
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Abstract

The utility of self-ratings of health among the elderly is discussed. The report presents evidence from a national survey of older persons (N = 3,402) which indicates that self-ratings of health are significantly related to measures of objective health status and thus are an economical means of gaining information about the health of the elderly. Self-ratings of health are also found to be related to the age and sex of the respondents. Of particular interest is the finding that although members of the old-old category (75+) report more health-related problems than the old (65-74), they tend to be more positive in rating their own health.

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