Poverty and InequalitySexual and Reproductive HealthFamily, Maternal & Child HealthMethodology

Characterizing Mobility Limitations Among Older African American Men

TitleCharacterizing Mobility Limitations Among Older African American Men
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMitchell, JA, Johnson-Lawrence, V, Williams, EDG, Thorpe, R
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Type of ArticleArticle in Press
ISBN Number00279684 (ISSN)
KeywordsAfrican American Men, Mental Health, Mobility

This study represents an effort to contribute to the limited body of research on biopsychosocial contextual factors that influence or contribute to mobility limitations for older African American men. Specifically, we were interested in examining associations between socio-demographic, physical and emotional health experiences with mobility limitations. A secondary analysis of 1666 older African American men was performed to investigate socio-demographic, mental and physical health correlates to a specific measures of mobility limitation. In the final model, difficulty with self-care, severe pain interference, and problems with usual activities were most strongly associated with mobility limitations. Men who were married were significantly less likely to experience mobility limitations. Findings highlighted the relationship between mobility limitations and difficulty performing activities of daily living. Additional research should examine the impact of poor emotional health and the buffering effects of marriage on mobility for older African American men, a population at high risk of experiencing disparate health outcomes. © 2017 National Medical Association.