Food Insecurity Among Young Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the United States: Evidence From the National Health Interview Survey

Author(s)
Derek Nord

Description

People with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) face higher levels of poverty than others, which can lead to concerns regarding areas of well-being, such as food security. Young adults with IDD who are, in many cases, transitioning from the system of educational, health care, and income supports of their youth into the adult world may be particularly vulnerable. Using pooled data from the 2011–2014 National Health Interview Survey, we find that young adults with IDD have significantly higher levels of food insecurity than young adults without disabilities, even when controlling for poverty. Young adults with IDD who are living in low-income households are not significantly more likely to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) than young adults without disabilities who are also living in low-income households. Although our results suggest that SNAP is effectively reaching many young adults with IDD in need of nutrition assistance, further research is needed to determine the specific effects of food insecurity and SNAP participation on overall economic and health outcomes for this population.

Suggested Citation

Brucker, D. L., & Nord, D. (2016). Food Insecurity Among Young Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the United States: Evidence From the National Health Interview Survey. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 121(6), 520–532. https://doi.org/10.1352/1944-7558-121.6.520

Details

Date
2016-11-01 
Type
Peer-reviewed article 
Edition
Volume 121, Number 6
Contact
Jerry W Smith smith495@umn.edu or +1 612-624-4336
Publisher
Institute on Community Integration

Topics

  • Community life
    • Parenting and family relationships
    • Health and safety
      • Health and wellness