ERIC Number: ED245866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-13
Reference Count: 0
Hispanic Women's Health Issues: Understanding A Mosaic Population.
Ramirez, Amelie G.; Cousins, Jennifer C.
According to recent research, Hispanic women are a "mosaic" population, being characterized not only according to subethnic group (Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Spanish speakers from other countries) and social dimension (educational attainment, linguistic facilities, cultural and ethnic self-identification), but also according to income and geographic location. The lack of educational attainment among large segments of the Hispanic population is the primary factor determining income. Research has also documented several health problems particular to Hispanic women: difficulty of obtaining health care, underuse by medical professionals of family and friend networks, and barriers to adequate prenatal care. In addition, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension are prevalent among Hispanic American women. Studies have revealed significant differences between Anglo Americans and Mexican Americans in health attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge and have shown that many Hispanics rely on the mass media as a source of health information. Despite existing research gains, more research is needed that conceptualizes Hispanic women as a heterogeneous group. More rigorous descriptive studies are also needed, as is research in the areas of pregnancy, obesity, hypertension, and family dynamics. (SB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Group Characteristics
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (111th, Dallas, TX, November 13-17, 1983).