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Health advantages of ethnic density for African American and Mexican American elderly individuals

TitleHealth advantages of ethnic density for African American and Mexican American elderly individuals
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsAlvarez, KJ, Levy, BR
JournalAmerican Journal of Public HealthAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume102
Pagination2240-2242
Date PublishedDec
ISBN Number0090-0036<br/>1541-0048
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2013-02447-022
Keywords*Aging, Cardiovascular Disorders, Ethnic Identity, Gerontology [2860], health advantages, ethnic density, cardiovascular disease, cancer, aging, Health Behavior, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Neoplasms, us
AbstractResearch suggests that greater ethnic density correlates with worse health among African Americans but better health among Hispanic Americans. These conflicting patterns may arise from Hispanic American samples being older than African American samples. We found that among 2367 Mexican American and 2790 African American participants older than 65 years, ethnic density predicted lower rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer, adjusting for covariates, showing that the health benefits of ethnic density apply to both minority communities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).