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ERIC Number: EJ929207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Food Insecurity Is Associated with Acculturation and Social Networks in Puerto Rican Households
Dhokarh, Rajanigandha; Himmelgreen, David A.; Peng, Yu-Kuei; Segura-Perez, Sofia; Hromi-Fiedler, Amber; Perez-Escamilla, Rafael
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v43 n4 p288-294 Jul 2011
Objective: To examine whether acculturation and social networks influence household food insecurity in an inner-city Puerto Rican community. Methods: A survey was administered to 200 low-income female Puerto Rican caregivers with at least 1 child 12-72 months old living in Hartford, CT. Food insecurity was measured with the Radimer/Cornell Hunger Scale. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were used to identify food insecurity risk factors. Results: Significant food insecurity risk factors included: being unemployed (odds ratio: 2.69), being single (2.34), being born in the United States (2.68), speaking only Spanish (3.15), planning to return to Puerto Rico (4.58), almost never/never attending Hispanic cultural events (6.85), and food stamps lasting less than a month (7.74). Conclusions and Implications: Low levels of acculturation, lack of social networks, and poor food stamps management skills may influence household food insecurity. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Puerto Rico