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Acculturation and its association with health-risk behaviors in a rural Latina population.

Authors
Kasirye-OC; Walsh-JA; Romano-PS; Beckett-LA; Garcia-JA; Elvine-Kreis-B; Bethel-JW; Schenker-MB
Source
Ethn Dis 2005 Sep; 15(4):733-739
NIOSHTIC No.
20028828
Abstract
To evaluate the performance of proxy measures of acculturation and to examine the association between acculturation and selected health-risk behaviors. Participants were 1062 Latina pregnant women who received prenatal care at clinics in San Joaquin County, California between 1999 and 2001. We used the receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve to characterize the sensitivity and specificity of proxy measures and regression analysis to examine health-risk behaviors. Using the ARSMA-II short version scale as a reference, age at immigration had the highest percentage of correctly classified individuals. Acculturation was significantly associated with a lifetime history of substance use, risky sexual behavior, low fruit consumption, and high fast-food meal consumption. Acculturation is an important predictor of health-risk behavior among women. Further research is needed to better understand the phenomenon and to avert associated adverse health consequences.
Keywords
Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Occupational-health; Sex-factors; Pregnancy; Health-care-facilities; Health-care; Medical-facilities; Health-hazards; Behavior; Behavior-patterns; Humans
Contact
Marc B. Schenker, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair; Department of Public Health Sciences; University of California, Davis; One Shields Avenue, TB 168; Davis, CA 95616-8638
CODEN
ETDIEI
Publication Date
20050901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mbschenker@ucdavis.edu
Funding Type
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007550
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1049-510X
Source Name
Ethnicity and Disease
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Davis
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