Examining the role of acculturation in health behaviors of older Mexican Americans

Meredith C. Masel, Laura L. Rudkin, M. Kristen Peek

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine if acculturation is associated with smoking, alcohol use, and physical activity among older Mexican Americans. Methods: Multivariate analyses of data from the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (H-EPESE) were used. Results: Those who were more proficient in English were more likely to be former or current smokers than nonsmokers and former or current drinkers than abstainers. In addition, those who had greater contact with Anglo-Americans were more likely to be former or current smokers than nonsmokers and former or current drinkers than abstainers. Conclusions: These results can assist health promotion programs in identifying those most at risk of engaging in negative health behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-699
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Health behavior
  • Hispanic
  • Older

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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