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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología

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ADANA-DIAZ, Lila et al. Educational level and functional autonomy in adults of Quito-Ecuador. rev.latinoam.psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.51, n.2, pp.219-227. ISSN 0120-0534.

The functional disability of the adult associated with population aging generates a public health problem due to the impact on the health and social care systems. The objective of this investigation was to study the association between educational level and functional autonomy of adults of the Metropolitan District of Quito (DMQ) in Ecuador. For this, a secondary analysis was done with the information from the database of the study “Montreal cognitive assesment (MOCA): normative data for the Ecuadorian population”, the same one that has a cross-sectional study design with adults from 45 to 85 years old. A multivariate logistic regression model was used. The sample number was 328 participants of which 301 were included. The results show the significant differences in terms of educational level and functional autonomy, being a factor of prevention an educational level equal to or greater than 12 years of instruction. In addition, showing greater possibility of loss of autonomy based on age. This existing association between educational level and the preservation of functional autonomy in adults in the DMQ demonstrates the importance of promoting access to permanent educational practices in the population as part of a program to prevent the loss of functional autonomy.

Keywords : Education; functional autonomy; disability; aging.

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