Californian Journal of Health Promotion
Special Issue 2
Latino paradox, health, ethnicity, children, immigrants
This study examined the effects of ethnicity and immigration status on subjective and objective health (Body Mass Index; BMI) for Latino and European American children. Social identity and comparison theories were used to frame the investigation. Southern California parents were randomly selected to complete a telephone interview about their children’s health yielding a sample of 165 European American and 152 Latino participants. Compared to European Americans, Latinos evidenced poorer subjective and objective health. Latino children who had a caregiver who was a citizen had better subjective health than Latino children whose caregiver was not a citizen. BMI was correlated with subjective health for European American children but not for Latinos. Our findings add to the literature on the Latino Paradox and the healthy immigrant effect, specifically as it relates to children.
Granillo, Christina; Chavez, David V.; Garcia, Donna M.; and Campbell, Kelly, "Ethnic and Immigration Status Differences on Child Indicators of Health for European Americans and Latinos" (2012). Psychology Faculty Publications. 12.