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Assimilation and emerging health disparities among new generations of U.S. children

  • Erin Hamilton

    (University of California at Davis)

  • Jodi Berger Cardoso

    (University of Texas at Austin)

  • Robert Hummer

    (University of Texas at Austin)

  • Yolanda C. Padilla

    (University of Texas at Austin)

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    This article shows that the prevalence of four common child health conditions increases across generations (from first-generation immigrant children to second-generation U.S.-born children of immigrants to third-and-higher-generation children) within each of four major U.S. racial/ethnic groups. In the third-plus generation, black and Hispanic children have higher rates of nearly all conditions. Health care, socioeconomic status, parents’ health, social support, and neighborhood conditions influence child health and help explain third-and-higher-generation racial/ethnic disparities. However, these factors do not explain the generational pattern. The generational pattern may reflect cohort changes, selective ethnic attrition, unhealthy assimilation, or changing responses to survey questions among immigrant groups.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 25 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 25 (December)
    Pages: 783-818

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:25:y:2011:i:25
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    2. Antecol, Heather & Bedard, Kelly, 2005. "Unhealthy Assimilation: Why Do Immigrants Converge to American Health Status Levels?," IZA Discussion Papers 1654, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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