Volume 38 | Number 6p2 | December 2003

Abstract List

Thomas A. LaVeist


To test the relationship between racial segregation and mortality using a multidimensional questionnaire‐based measure of exposure to segregation.

Data Sources

Data for this analysis come from the National Survey of Black Americans (NSBA), a national multistage probability sample of 2,107 African Americans (aged 18–101). The NSBA was conducted as a household survey. The NSBA was matched with the National Death Index (NDI).

Study Design

Prospective cohort study, where Cox regression analysis was used to examine the effect of baseline variables on time to death over a 13‐year period.

Principal Findings

Respondents who were exposed to racial segregation were significantly less likely to survive the study period after controls for age, health status, and other predictors of mortality.


The results support previous studies linking segregation with health outcomes.