|Nativity and Self-Assessed Health Among Pre-Retirement Age Hispanics and Non-HispanicWhites
|Year of Publication
|Angel, JL, Buckley, CJ, Finch, BK
|International Migration Review
|Demographics, Health Conditions and Status, Women and Minorities
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.