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Acculturation and Latino immigrants' health attitudes and behaviors: A bi -dimensional acculturation model


2008 2008

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This dissertation examines the effect of acculturation on Latino health disparity based on a bi-dimensional model of acculturation. First, the author reviews the literature of acculturation and introduces two models of acculturation: uni-dimensional and bi-dimensional models of acculturation. The author critiques previous studies in public health by pointing out that this scholarship predominantly relied on an uni-dimensional model of acculturation, consequently ignoring bilingual groups, which is currently almost half of the Latino population in the U.S.

Next, this dissertation applied a bi-dimensional model of acculturation in the health disparity discipline and empirically tests the effect of acculturation on Latino health attitudes and behaviors regarding diabetes, obesity, and substance use. First, the comparison among bilinguals, English monolinguals and Spanish monolinguals reveals their differences in terms of their health access, health status, health problem solving capacities, and healthy behavior and lifestyle. Second, the author investigates the communication environment in which the three groups (i.e., English monolinguals, Spanish monolinguals, and bilinguals) are situated and their health information seeking behaviors.

The result of the study shows that bilinguals are clearly different from English monolinguals and Spanish monolinguals in terms of many health attitudes and behaviors. It suggests that when the comparison goes beyond a binary model (English and Spanish speakers) and bilinguals are not disregarded, it may provide more accurate explanation of the effect of acculturation. Discussion about the limitations and implications of the study follows.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social psychology;
Public health;
Hispanic American studies;
Acculturation;
Attitudes;
Behavior;
Aliens
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0573: Public health
0737: Hispanic American studies
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Psychology; Acculturation; Bidimensional model; Diabetes; Ethnic identity; Health disparities; Immigrants; Latino; Latino health; Obesity
Title
Acculturation and Latino immigrants' health attitudes and behaviors: A bi -dimensional acculturation model
Author
Song, Hayeun
Number of pages
135
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0208
Source
DAI-B 69/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549785200
Advisor
Ball-Rokeach, Sandra
Committee member
Lee, Kwan Min; McLaughlin, Margaret; Valente, Tom
University/institution
University of Southern California
Department
Communication
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3325059
ProQuest document ID
304461993
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304461993
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