Shared health behaviors among older Mexican American spouses

Jim P. Stimpson, Meredith C. Masel, Laura Rudkin-Miniot, Mary Peek

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the association of health behaviors among husbands and wives. Methods: Cohort study of 553 Mexican American couples aged 65 years or older from the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (HEPESE). Multivariate regression analyses test the association of body mass index, smoking, and alcohol consumption among husbands and wives. Results: Body mass index is positively associated among couples. Risk of smoking or drinking was higher if the partner had ever smoked or drank alcohol. Conclusion: Health behaviors are associated among older Mexican American couples. Intervention efforts should be directed at both spouses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume30
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2006

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Health Behavior
health behavior
Spouses
husband
spouse
smoking
wife
alcohol consumption
alcohol
Body Mass Index
regression
Smoking
Hispanic Americans
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking
Epidemiologic Studies
Cohort Studies
Multivariate Analysis
Regression Analysis
Alcohols

Keywords

  • Health behavior
  • Marriage
  • Mexican Americans
  • Spouses

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Leadership and Management

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Shared health behaviors among older Mexican American spouses. / Stimpson, Jim P.; Masel, Meredith C.; Rudkin-Miniot, Laura; Peek, Mary.

In: American Journal of Health Behavior, Vol. 30, No. 5, 09.2006, p. 495-502.

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