Nativity and older women's health: constructed reliance in the health and retirement study.

TitleNativity and older women's health: constructed reliance in the health and retirement study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsBuckley, CJ, Angel, JL, Donahue, D
JournalJ Women Aging
Date Published2000
ISSN Number0895-2841
KeywordsAged, Emigration and Immigration, ethnicity, Female, Florida, Health Status, Humans, Middle Aged, Retirement, Social Support, Socioeconomic factors, Women's Health

Gender and nativity are known risk factors for physical and economic dependency. Immigrant women are particularly disadvantaged because of their greater lack of social and economic resources. In this study, we investigate how women immigrants coordinate and utilize various support systems as they approach retirement age, as well as how choices and constraints affect their physical wellbeing. Experiences throughout the life course play a role in the maintenance of health, but the pre-retirement years are particularly crucial to the establishment of patterns of reliance to be used in later life. We examine the effects of economic resources, social support, and family ties (as well as several exogenous variables) on women's physical health using data from the Health and Retirement Survey. For the women in this study, demographic characteristics, such as Hispanic ethnicity and low education are strong risk factors for poor health. Findings also indicate that reliance patterns across resource domains do not differ significantly by nativity and that both economic and familial resource access significantly lessens the risk of poor health for both native and foreign born women.

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Females/Immigrants/Health/Support Networks/Social Support/Family Relations/Socioeconomic Factors/Retirement

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Alternate JournalJ Women Aging
Citation Key6684
PubMed ID11151352
Grant List1 R03 AG16135-01 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States