Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952576 | Print ISBN: 9780761923602 | Online ISBN: 9781412952576| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Latino Health and Behavior
Ruth E. Zambrana & Olivia Carter-Pokras
Health and behavioral data for Latinos have become increasingly available, and significant progress has been made in data collection methods. Although national data are available to provide an overview of health behaviors among Latino populations in comparison to Blacks and non-Latino Whites, less information is available by Latino subgroup. The examination of health behaviors is conducted within the broader definition of health as the social, physical, and mental well-being of an individual. It is also acknowledged that individual health behaviors are associated with socioeconomic status (SES) and the community health resources available to individuals to maintain their health status. This entry has three objectives: to provide an overview of health status indicators for Latinos; to present empirical data on health behaviors of Latinos by age, gender, and subgroup when available; and to propose a framework for knowledge building to promote a new public health discourse on Latino health. According to ...