Objective: Measure select Healthy People 2010 Leading Health Indicators in young adults with and without a history of developmental disabilities (DD) using a population-based cohort.
Methods: Young adults were interviewed to assess the prevalence of seven Leading Health Indicators: physical activity, overweight and obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse, responsible sexual behavior, injury and violence, and access to healthcare.
Results: Young adults with a history of DD were less likely to be involved in tobacco use, substance abuse and sexual activity. Areas of concern included below normal Body Mass Index, lack of HIV/ AIDS and sex education, preventive healthcare services for women, and victimization.
Conclusions: Despite some healthy lifestyle indicators, health gaps may place young adults with a history of DD at risk for poor health and quality of life. Published by Elsevier Ltd.