ERIC Number: EJ723426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 28
Self-Rated Health among Adult Women of Mexican Origin
Wilkinson, Anna V.; Hernandez-Valero, Maria A.; Etzel, Carol J.; Barcenas, Carlos H.; Spitz, Margaret R.; Bondy, Melissa L.; Strom, Sara S.
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v28 n1 p127-142 2006
Self-rated health (SRH), a consistent predictor of mortality among diverse populations, is sensitive to health indicators and social factors. American-born Hispanics report better SRH than their foreign-born counterparts but simultaneously report poorer health indicators and have shorter life expectancy. Using a matched prospective cross-sectional design, we analyzed data from 631 age-matched pairs of women, born in the United States or Mexico. The first goal was to describe the relationships between SRH and health behaviors, physician-diagnosed chronic conditions, acculturation, and socioeconomic status (SES) by birthplace. The second goal was to investigate the relative influence of these factors in explaining expected differences in SRH between the two groups. Number of chronic conditions reported, particularly depression, more strongly influenced SRH than SES, acculturation, birthplace, or reported health risk behaviors.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Acculturation, Health Behavior, Depression (Psychology), Adults, Hispanic Americans, Data Analysis, Socioeconomic Status, Health Conditions, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico; United States