Pathways between acculturation and health: Does the measure matter?

Patricia Y. Miranda, Hector M. González, Wassim Tarraf

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the association between acculturation and functional health using multiple proxies of acculturation to examine explanatory pathways to clarify disparate health findings. A population-based cross-sectional, multistage probability sample from the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (N = 3,050) was used. The dependent variables of neuropsychiatric function were depressive symptoms (Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale [CES-D]) and cognitive function (mini-mental state examination [MMSE]) examined in separate multivariable regression and structural equation models to examine the pathways between acculturation proxies and neuropsychiatric function. Findings indicated that three acculturation proxies were associated with cognitive function but none were associated with depressive symptoms. English proficiency fully mediated the associations between other acculturation proxies and cognitive function. The findings suggest that language plays a central role in the pathway between acculturation and health among Mexican-origin populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)524-539
Number of pages16
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

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Acculturation
acculturation
Proxy
Health
health
Cognition
Depression
Epidemiologic Studies
Population
Sampling Studies
Structural Models
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Hispanic Americans
Language
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  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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Miranda, Patricia Y. ; González, Hector M. ; Tarraf, Wassim. / Pathways between acculturation and health : Does the measure matter?. In: Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 2011 ; Vol. 33, No. 4. pp. 524-539.
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In: Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 33, No. 4, 01.11.2011, p. 524-539.

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