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Social integration and health among Asian Indian immigrants in the United States

TitleSocial integration and health among Asian Indian immigrants in the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsDiwan, S, Jonnalagadda, SS
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social WorkJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume36
Pagination45-62
ISBN Number0163-4372<br/>1540-4048
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2002-01442-003
Keywords*Asians, *Health, *Immigration, *Social Integration, *South Asian Cultural Groups, Culture & Ethnology [2930], Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), social integration, health status, Asian Indian immigrants, chronic health conditions, us
AbstractThis research examines the relationship between social integration and health status (i.e., prevalence of chronic health conditions) among older first generation Asian Indian (AI) immigrants in the U.S. Data were collected through a telephone survey from 226 respondents (50 yrs and over) in the Southeastern U.S. The correlates of health status were determined using a Poisson regression analysis. The prevalence of major chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension in this sample was similar to those found in other studies of AI immigrants. Better health was associated with greater perceived support and having relatives nearby, whereas poorer health was associated with higher body mass index, longer residence in the U.S., being older, and being female. Implications for interventions designed to address the diversity within this immigrant community are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).