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The Relationship Between Duration of U.S. Residence, Educational Attainment, and Adult Health Among Asian Immigrants


  • Jing Li


  • Robert Hummer



There is substantial educational heterogeneity among Asian immigrants to the United States, suggesting that the association between duration of U.S. residence with their health outcomes and behaviors may vary considerably by educational attainment. Using data from the 2003 New Immigrant Survey (N = 2,373), we find strong evidence that the detrimental associations between duration of U.S. residence and self-reported health, activity limitation status, chronic health conditions, and current smoking are concentrated among Asian immigrants with less than a high school education; in contrast, the health outcomes and behaviors of Asian immigrants who have at least a high school degree exhibit very few differences by duration of U.S. residence. These distinct duration–health patterns by educational attainment are not explained by duration-related differences in country of origin, class of admission, or English speaking skills. We also find a stronger duration relationship with current smoking than those with the health status measures among the least educated Asian men, indicating a potential behaviorally based explanation for poorer health among Asian immigrant men with longer duration of residence. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

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  • Jing Li & Robert Hummer, 2015. "The Relationship Between Duration of U.S. Residence, Educational Attainment, and Adult Health Among Asian Immigrants," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 34(1), pages 49-76, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:poprpr:v:34:y:2015:i:1:p:49-76
    DOI: 10.1007/s11113-014-9344-7

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    1. Ro, Annie & Bostean, Georgiana, 2015. "Duration of U.S. stay and body mass index among Latino and Asian immigrants: A test of theoretical pathways," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 144(C), pages 39-47.


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