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Day-to-day discrimination and health among Asian Indians: a population-based study of Gujarati men and women in Metropolitan Detroit

TitleDay-to-day discrimination and health among Asian Indians: a population-based study of Gujarati men and women in Metropolitan Detroit
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsYoshihama, M, Bybee, D, Blazevski, J
JournalJ Behav MedJ Behav Med
Volume35
Pagination471-83
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number1573-3521 (Electronic)<br/>0160-7715 (Linking)
Accession Number21956453
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Emigrants and Immigrants, Emotions, Female, Health Status, Humans, India/ethnology, Male, Michigan, Middle Aged, Prejudice, Sex Factors, Young Adult
AbstractThis study examined the relationship between experiences of day-to-day discrimination and two measures of health among Gujaratis, one of the largest ethnic groups of Asian Indians in the U.S. Data were collected via computer-assisted telephone interviews with a random sample of Gujarati men and women aged 18-64 in Metropolitan Detroit (N = 423). Using structural equation modeling, we tested two gender-moderated models of the relationship between day-to-day discrimination and health, one using the single-item general health status and the other using the 4-item emotional wellbeing measure. For both women and men, controlling for socio-demographic and other relevant characteristics, the experience of day-to-day discrimination was associated with worse emotional wellbeing. However, day-to-day discrimination was associated with the single-item self-rated general health status only for men. This study identified not only gender differences in discrimination-health associations but also the importance of using multiple questions in assessing perceived health status.