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Am J Public Health. 2002 Dec;92(12):1976-81.

The correspondence between interracial births and multiple-race reporting.

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  • 1Office of Analysis, Epidemiology, and Health Promotion, National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, Md 20782, USA. jdparker@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Race-specific health statistics are routinely reported in scientific publications; most describe health disparities across groups. Census 2000 showed that 2.4% of the US population identifies with more than 1 race group. We examined the hypothesis that multiple-race reporting is associated with interracial births by comparing parental race reported on birth certificates with reported race in a national health survey.

METHODS:

US natality data from 1968 through 1998 and National Health Interview Survey data from 1990 through 1998 were compared, by year of birth.

RESULTS:

Overall multiple-race survey responses correspond to expectations from interracial births. However, there are discrepancies for specific multiple-race combinations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Projected estimates of the multiple-race population can be only partially informed by vital records.

PMID:
12453819
PMCID:
PMC1447362
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