Neighborhood perception and self-rated health among Mexican American older adults

Samuel Stroope, Isaiah F.A. Cohen, Joshua C. Tom, Aaron B. Franzen, Matthew A. Valasik, Kyriakos Markides

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of the present study was to assess the relationship between neighborhood perception and poor self-rated health among older Mexican Americans, adjusting for important background characteristics, such as neighborhood ethnic composition and other health conditions. Methods: Drawing on the 2004-2005 Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly data (n = 1780), the present study used logistic regression to examine the effects of neighborhood perception on poor self-rated health of older Mexican Americans. Results: The results show that participants with a greater positive perception of their neighborhood were less likely to report poor self-rated health, controlling for both socioeconomic status and health status covariates. Conclusions: The findings suggest that positive neighborhood perception serves as an important protective factor in overall health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGeriatrics and Gerontology International
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2017

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Mexican Americans
  • Neighborhood perception
  • Neighborhoods
  • Self-rated health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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