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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3200.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - 12:55 PM

Abstract #110647

Selective Acculturation: Health-protective behaviors among Latino immigrants

Vilma Enriquez-Haass, MPH, School of Public Health/Community Health Sciences, UCLA, 10925 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772, 310 850-9784, veh@ucla.edu

Description: Over the past thirty years, empirical research finds that Latino immigrants follow protective cultural practices, which lead to positive health behaviors. Yet with increased time in the United States these positive health behaviors are found to erode. The paper critically examines the concept of selective acculturation, a concept which asserts that Latino immigrants can learn to discern between positive and negative health behaviors of Latino and American Cultures, which enable them to promote and cultivate protective health behaviors that are inherent in Latino culture and positive health practices of American culture.

Methodology: The paper utilizes a conceptual framework that summarizes the literature on Latino health behaviors and their relationships to health outcomes. The framework is useful to understand and conceptualize how Latino immigrants' protective health practices through the process of the intergeneration transmission.

Findings: This paper identifies the positive health behaviors that Latino immigrants follow in the context of structural constraints. This paper also discusses the policy implications of selective acculturation and proposes multilevel interventions to cultivate and reinforce the protective aspects of Latino culture across generations.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of the session, participant will be able to

    Keywords: Prevention, Health Behavior

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:

    I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

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    Sociocultural Determinants of Latino Health

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