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Acculturation and disability rates among Filipino-Americans

TitleAcculturation and disability rates among Filipino-Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDe Souza, LR, Fuller-Thomson, E
JournalJ Immigr Minor HealthJ Immigr Minor Health
Date PublishedJun
ISBN Number1557-1920 (Electronic)<br/>1557-1912 (Linking)
Accession Number23054536
KeywordsAcculturation, Activities of Daily Living, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Asian Americans/ statistics & numerical data, Confidence Intervals, Disabled Persons/ statistics & numerical data, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Odds Ratio, Philippines/ethnology, Sex Distribution
AbstractFilipinos are the fastest growing Asian subgroup in America. Among immigrants, higher acculturation (adaptation to host society) predicts disability outcomes and may relate to disability prevalence among older Filipinos. We conducted a secondary analysis of the 2006 American Community Survey using a representative sample of older Filipinos (2,113 males; 3,078 females) to measure functional limitations, limitations in activities of daily living, blindness/deafness and memory/learning problems. Filipino males who were Americans by birth/naturalization had higher odds of blindness/deafness (OR 2.94; 95% CI = 1.69, 5.12) than non-citizens. Males who spoke English at home had higher odds of blindness/deafness (OR 1.82; 95% CI = 1.05, 3.17) and memory/learning problems (OR 2.28; 95% CI = 1.25, 4.15), while females had higher odds of memory/learning problems (OR 1.75; 95% CI = 1.13, 2.73). Acculturation is associated with greater odds of disabilities for Filipino men. Males may be more sensitive to acculturation-effects than females due to culturally prescribed roles and gender-specific experiences at the time of immigration.
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