DD Data Brief: Social Activities of Non-Institutionalized Adults in the NHIS-D: Gender, Age, and Disability Differences

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Part of the DD Data Brief series.
Robert Doljanac, Sheryl A Larson


A follow-up brief to issue 3(1) describing the social activities of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) using the National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement(NHIS-D). The main finding of that earlier brief was that the most common social activities for individuals with ID/DD were getting together with friends or neighbors, meeting relatives, and talking on the phone with friends or neighbors. This DD Data Brief takes the next step by comparing social activities of adults with ID/DD to those of adults with other types of disabilities. It also uses inferential statistics to identify factors (including work history) associated with differences in social activity participation.


September 2005 
Volume 7, Number 2
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)


  • Community life
    • Friendships and social relationships
    • Recreation and leisure
    • Social inclusion
  • Specific life stage
    • Adults
    • Seniors
  • Culture and diversity
    • Women
  • Specific disability
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)