Toward a dynamic conceptualization of social ties and context: Implications for understanding immigrant and Latino health

Edna A. Viruell-Fuentes, Amy J. Schulz

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Abstract

Researchers have posited that social ties and social support may contribute to better-than-expected health outcomes among Mexican immigrants vis-à-vis their US-born counterparts. However, in our review of studies examining social ties and health by immigration-related variables among this group, we found little support for this hypothesis. To better understand the social factors that contribute to the health of Mexicans in the United States, we conducted a qualitative analysis of social relationships and social context among firstand second-generation Mexican women. Our results highlight the interplay between immigration processes and social ties, draw attention to the importance of identity support and transnational social relationships, and suggest ways to reconceptualize the relationship between social contexts, social ties, and immigrant and Latino health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2167-2175
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume99
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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