Health status and behavioral risk factors in older adult Mexicans and Mexican immigrants to the United States

TitleHealth status and behavioral risk factors in older adult Mexicans and Mexican immigrants to the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsAguila, E, Escarce, J, Leng, M, Morales, L
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume25
Issue1
Pagination136
KeywordsCross-National, Demographics, Health Conditions and Status, Healthcare, Risk Taking, Women and Minorities
Abstract

Investigate the salmon-bias hypothesis, which posits that Mexicans in the U.S. return to Mexico due to poor health, as an explanation for the Hispanic health paradox in which Hispanics in the United States are healthier than might be expected from their socioeconomic status. Sample includes Mexicans age 50 years or above living in the United States and Mexico from the 2003 Mexican Health and Aging Study and the 2004 Health and Retirement Study. Logistic regressions examine whether nonmigrants or return migrants have different odds than immigrants of reporting a health outcome. The salmon-bias hypothesis holds for select health outcomes. However, nonmigrants and return migrants have better health outcomes than immigrants on a variety of indicators. Overall, the results of this study do not support the salmon-bias hypothesis; other explanations for the paradox could be explored.

URLhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3663916/
DOI10.1177/0898264312468155
Citation Key7916
PubMed ID23264441
PubMed Central IDPMC3663916