Impact of Disability and Other Physical Health Issues on Academic Outcomes Among American Indian and Alaskan Native College Students: An Exploratory Analysis

David A. Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv Unegv Waya), Carol Vanzile-Tamsen, Jessica Black, Shanondora M. Billiot, Molly Tovar

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Abstract

This study investigated whether self-identified disabilities among American Indian and Alaskan Native college students impact academic performance and persistence to graduation and explored the differences in health and academic grades between American Indian and Alaskan Native students and students of other racial and ethnic identities using the National College Health Assessment. Findings indicate that American Indian or Alaskan Native students have significantly lower grades than White and Asian students, and American Indian and Alaskan Native women report the highest incidence of health problems of any demographic group. Exploratory results point to future research to determine the full impact of disabilities and poor health on academic success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-221
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume14
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • American Indian/Alaskan Natives
  • academic achievement
  • college dropout
  • college retention
  • disability
  • health and wellness
  • student health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sociology and Political Science

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