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Exploring the Socioeconomic and Immigration Health Contexts of Asian Americans

TitleExploring the Socioeconomic and Immigration Health Contexts of Asian Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsIhara, ES
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social EnvironmentJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Volume21
Pagination521-539
ISBN Number1091-1359
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Asians -- United States, Bivariate Statistics, Communication Barriers, Descriptive Statistics, Educational Status, Female, Health Status, Human, Immigrants, Income, Logistic Regression, Male, Middle Age, Models, Statistical, Multivariate Analysis, Questionnaires, Socioeconomic Factors, United States
AbstractDespite an overall picture of good health for Asian Americans in the aggregate, growing evidence shows that specific subgroups-particularly those with high proportions of immigrants-have diverse patterns relative to socioeconomic position and health. Using data from the largest U.S. state health survey, this study explores the contributions of socioeconomic and immigration factors to health status among Asian American subgroups. Results indicate that level of education, income, and English language ability were significant predictors of health status for the Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese subgroups. Varying patterns in the results by subgroup are discussed in the context of immigration policy.