Acculturation and its association with health-risk behaviors in a rural Latina population.
Kasirye-OC; Walsh-JA; Romano-PS; Beckett-LA; Garcia-JA; Elvine-Kreis-B; Bethel-JW; Schenker-MB
Ethn Dis 2005 Sep; 15(4):733-739
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.
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
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
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Ethnicity and Disease
University of California - Davis