CitationFinch, Brian Karl; Hummer, Robert A.; Kol, Bohdan; & Vega, William A. (2001). The Role of Discrimination and Acculturative Stress in the Physical Health of Mexican-Origin Adults. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 23(4), 399-429.
AbstractThe authors propose that perceived discrimination has an effect on self-reported health statuses, which are known to affect future morbidity and mortality. A sample of 3,012 Mexican-origin adults from the Mexican American Prevalence and Services Study in California is utilized to test this hypothesis. Dependent variables include a self-rating of health and a count of self-reported chronic conditions; the key independent variable is a scale of overall discrimination specific to one’s Mexican origin. Results indicate that discrimination is related to poor physical health—net of controls for acculturation stress, national heritage, sociodemographic variables, and social support. Depression is identified as a major mechanism through which discrimination may affect physical health. Notably, job market stress/discrimination has a very strong association with poorer physical health, net of depression. Individual-level effects of discrimination found in this study, as well as institutional-level conditions and contextual effects, should be treated as crucial to future studies of individual-level physical health differentials.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Author(s)Finch, Brian Karl
Hummer, Robert A.
Vega, William A.