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Relevance of the “Immigrant Health Paradox” for the Health of Arab Americans in California (Amercian Journal of Public Health)

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California Health Interview Survey; 2013 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2013); 2014 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2014); 2016 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2016); 2017 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2017); Health Behaviors; Alcohol Use

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CHIS Journal Article

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​Authors sought to assess the validity of the immigrant health paradox among 1,425 Arab Americans in California using data from the 2003 to 2017 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). They used survey-weighted χ2 and logistic regression analyses to compare Arabs by immigrant generation on socioeconomic indicators, health behaviors, and health outcomes.
Second-generation Arab Americans had higher odds of binge drinking in the past year than did first-generation Arab Americans. Third-generation Arab Americans had greater odds of receiving the influenza vaccine in the past year than did second-generation Arab Americans. Third-generation Arab Americans had increased odds of being overweight or obese when compared with first- and second-generation Arab Americans, respectively.

Authors conclude that alcohol use increased across immigrant generations, and they observed no differences in health outcomes, other than obesity. The immigrant health paradox does not appear to apply to Arab Americans in California; mechanisms that generate health in this population should be studied further.


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Journal Article: Relevance of the “Immigrant Health Paradox” for the Health of Arab Americans in California

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