Defining Disability: Effects on Disability Concepts on Research Outcomes
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, ISSN 1364-5579, E-ISSN 1464-5300, Vol. 12, no 1, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article presents analyses of how different definitions of disability affect the outcomes of studies of disabled people’s living conditions. Three different definitions of disability are compared using six rather common variables: gender, age, living arrangements, education, labour market participation and income. Selected definitions of disability are administrative definitions, a subjective definition and a functional definition. Analyses were conducted using compilations of several databases in Sweden. Recurrent differences between administrative definitions, on the one hand, and functional and subjective definitions, on the other, are found in relation to educational and labour force variables. People defined by an administrative definition are more likely to be younger and single than the people defined by the other two definitions. More research on the impact of disability definitions is needed. However, a first step in resolving this question would be to improve the methodological awareness of disability researchers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 12, no 1, 1-18 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-95727DOI: 10.1080/13645570701621977OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-95727DiVA: diva2:170047