Health status of mexican-origin persons: Do proxy measures of acculturation advance our understanding of health disparities?

Olivia Carter-Pokras, Ruth E. Zambrana, Gillermina Yankelvich, Maria Estrada, Carlos Castillo-Salgado, Alexander N. Ortega

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Abstract

Objectives: This paper compares select health status indicators between the U.S. and Mexico, and within the Mexican-origin population using proxy measures of acculturation. Methods: Statistical data were abstracted and a Medline literature review conducted of English-language epidemiologic articles on Mexican-origin groups published during 1976-2005. Results: U.S.-born Mexican-Americans have higher morbidity and mortality compared to Mexico-born immigrants. Mexico has lower healthcare resources, life expectancy, and circulatory system and cancer mortality rates, but similar infant immunization rates compared to the U.S. Along the U.S.-Mexico border, the population on the U.S. side has better health status than the Mexican side. The longer in the U.S., the more likely Mexican-born immigrants engage in behaviors that are not health promoting. Conclusions: Researchers should consider SEP, community norms, behavioral risk and protective factors when studying Mexican-origin groups. It is not spendingtime in the U.S. that worsens health outcomes but rather changes in health promoting behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-488
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 12 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emigration and immigration
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Mexican Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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