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Effect of acculturation and income on Hispanic women's health.

Authors
  • Leybas-Amedia, Velia
  • Nuño, Thomas
  • Garcia, Francisco
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health care for the poor and underserved
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2005
Volume
16
Issue
4 Suppl A
Pages
128–141
Identifiers
PMID: 16327101
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

This research examines how acculturation and income affect health care access, utilization, and prevention knowledge among a population of Hispanic women living along the U.S.-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona, a rural agricultural county. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 417 Hispanic women with mean age 61.3 years (s.d.=9.2). Most were long-term residents of Yuma County with some elementary and middle school education. Respondents had low monthly household incomes (average: USD $927.77, s.d.=550.40) and 10% reported current employment. The results show that income may be a more important predictor of actual utilization of health care services while acculturation may play a more prominent role with respect to provider preferences. A better understanding of the complex interplay between the individual and the society she inhabits is required in order to develop a meaningful public health intervention that will affect disease risk.

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