Shared health behaviors among older Mexican American spouses

Jim P. Stimpson, Meredith C. Masel, Laura Rudkin, M. Kristen Peek

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    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
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 2006


    • Health behavior
    • Marriage
    • Mexican Americans
    • Spouses

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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