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A pilot binational study of health behaviors and immigration.

Authors
Hennessy-Burt-TE; Stoecklin-Marois-MT; Meneses-González-F; Schenker-MB
Source
J Immigr Minor Health 2011 Dec; 13(6):1142-1149
NIOSHTIC No.
20040430
Abstract
In the US, Mexican immigrant women often have better health outcomes than non-Hispanic white women despite a greater health risk profile. This cross-sectional pilot study compared women living in Chavinda, Michoacán (n = 102) to women who had migrated from Mexico to Madera, California (n = 93). The interview gathered information on acculturation and risk behaviors including smoking, alcohol use and number of sexual partners. The results suggest that more acculturated women living in the US are more likely to consume alcohol. US residence and higher acculturation level was marginally associated with having more than one sexual partner. There were no differences between odds of smoking among Chavinda and Madera women. While results with acculturation are not consistently significant due to small sample sizes, the results are suggestive that acculturation among immigrant Hispanic women in the US may be associated with adverse health behaviors, and selective migration seems less likely to account for these differences.
Keywords
Sociological-factors; Humans; Women; Behavior; Behavior-patterns; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Smoking; Sex-factors; Author Keywords: Acculturation; Immigration; Hispanic; Health behaviors; Binational
Contact
T. E. Hennessy-Burt, Department of Public Health Sciences, Center for Health and the Environment, University of California, Davis, Bldg. 3792 Rm. 129, Old Davis Road, Davis, CA 95616
CODEN
JIHEF5
Publication Date
20111201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
tehennessy@ucdavis.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007550
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
1557-1912
Source Name
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Davis
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