Ethnicity and cognitive performance among older African Americans, Japanese Americans, and Caucasians: the role of education

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2001 Oct;49(10):1371-8. doi: 10.1046/j.1532-5415.2001.49269.x.


This cross-sectional analysis evaluated the association between ethnicity and cognitive performance and determined whether education modifies this association for nondemented older people (103 African Americans, 1,388 Japanese Americans, 2,306 Caucasians) in a study of dementia incidence. African Americans scored lower (median 89 out of 100) than Japanese Americans (93) and Caucasians (94) on the Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument (CASI). Education affected CA

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Aged
  • Asian Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Cognition Disorders / ethnology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Educational Status*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Regression Analysis
  • Risk Factors
  • Statistics, Nonparametric