This study investigated whether objective health indicators explained lower self-rated health among Hispanics compared with non-Hispanic Whites.
It also considered socioeconomic and cultural explanations.
Health ratings of 429 Hispanics and 583 non-Hispanic Whites aged 20 through 74 were analyzed with logistic regression.
Illness-indicators were found to be strongly correlated with self-rated health in both ethnic groups, but after such markers were controlled for, Hispanics remained 3.6 times more likely to report fair or poor health (95% confidence interval=2.4,5.3).
Adjustment for socioeconomic factors accounted for a portion of Hispanics'lower health rating but the strongest explanatory factor was acculturation.
Because of cultural and economic influences on definitions of health, ethnic differences in self-assessed health may not accurately reflected patterns resulting from objective health measurements.
Mots-clés Pascal : Santé, Autoévaluation, Epidémiologie, Ethnie, Latinoaméricain, Démographie, Statut socioéconomique, Milieu culturel, Mode de vie, Homme, Indicateur, Acculturation, Colorado, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Hispanique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health, Self evaluation, Epidemiology, Ethnic group, Latinamerican, Demography, Socioeconomic status, Cultural environment, Life habit, Human, Indicator, Acculturation, Colorado, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0154171
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 21/05/1997.