Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Problem Drinking Among Older Mexican American Men

Results from the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly

Samuel Stroope, Brandon C. Martinez, Karl Eschbach, Mary Peek, Kyriakos Markides

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Abstract

Ethnic enclaves may be protective for health. This study investigates the effects of neighborhood co-ethnic density on problem drinking among older Mexican American men. Probability sample of 2,086 community-dwelling Mexican Americans aged 75 or older drawn in 2004–2005 residing in communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Problem drinking was found among 15.3 % of men (n = 350). For each percent increase in neighborhood percent Mexican American, men had 2 % lower odds of problem drinking [odds ratio (OR) 0.98; P < 0.05]. U.S. born men had lower odds of problem drinking (OR 0.40; P < 0.05) compared with foreign born men, while English language use was associated with greater odds of problem drinking (OR 2.14; P < 0.05). Older Mexican American men in neighborhoods with low levels of co-ethnic density, the foreign born, and those with English language facility had an increased likelihood of problem drinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1055-1060
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 9 2014

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Hispanic Americans
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Epidemiologic Studies
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Independent Living
Sampling Studies
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Keywords

  • Mexican American
  • Nativity
  • Neighborhoods
  • Older adults
  • Problem drinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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