Nativity and self-assessed health among pre-retirement age hispanics and non-hispanic whites

Jacqueline L. Angel, Cynthia Buckley, Brian Karl Finch

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Abstract

Economic, social and familial resources are known to influence subjective health assessments. We examine the salience of nativity in determining how these resources influence self-assessed health using a large, nationwide sample of Hispanic and non-Hispanic white adults. The results indicate that while education, accumulated assets and marital status benefit the physical and emotional health of the native and foreign-born, family resources and income are significant only for the native-born. English language proficiency is a significant protective factor for both groups and is especially protective for immigrants. These surprising findings call into question previous studies stressing the positive role of the family in maintaining immigrant health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)784-803
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Migration Review
Volume35
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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