Acculturation and its association with health-risk behaviors in a rural Latina population

Olivia C. Kasirye, Julia A. Walsh, Patrick S Romano, Laurel A Beckett, Jorge A Garcia, Brenda Elvine-Kreis, Jeffrey W. Bethel, Marc B Schenker

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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the performance of proxy measures of acculturation and to examine the association between acculturation and selected health-risk behaviors. Methods: Participants were 1062 Latina pregnant women who received prenatal care at clinics in San Joaquin County, California between 1999 and 2001. We used the receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve to characterize the sensitivity and specificity of proxy measures and regression analysis to examine health-risk behaviors. Results: Using the ARSMA-II short version scale as a reference, age at immigration had the highest percentage of correctly classified individuals. Acculturation was significantly associated with a lifetime history of substance use, risky sexual behavior, low fruit consumption, and high fast-food meal consumption. Conclusions: Acculturation is an important predictor of health-risk behavior among women. Further research is needed to better understand the phenomenon and to avert associated adverse health consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-739
Number of pages7
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Volume15
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2005

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Acculturation
Rural Population
Risk-Taking
Hispanic Americans
Health
Proxy
Fast Foods
Prenatal Care
Emigration and Immigration
ROC Curve
Sexual Behavior
Meals
Pregnant Women
Fruit
Regression Analysis
Sensitivity and Specificity
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Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Behaviors
  • Health-risk
  • Latinas

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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Acculturation and its association with health-risk behaviors in a rural Latina population. / Kasirye, Olivia C.; Walsh, Julia A.; Romano, Patrick S; Beckett, Laurel A; Garcia, Jorge A; Elvine-Kreis, Brenda; Bethel, Jeffrey W.; Schenker, Marc B.

In: Ethnicity and Disease, Vol. 15, No. 4, 09.2005, p. 733-739.

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Kasirye, Olivia C. ; Walsh, Julia A. ; Romano, Patrick S ; Beckett, Laurel A ; Garcia, Jorge A ; Elvine-Kreis, Brenda ; Bethel, Jeffrey W. ; Schenker, Marc B. / Acculturation and its association with health-risk behaviors in a rural Latina population. In: Ethnicity and Disease. 2005 ; Vol. 15, No. 4. pp. 733-739.
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