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133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Vilma Enriquez-Haass, MPH, School of Public Health/Community Health Sciences, UCLA, 10925 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772, 310 850-9784, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA