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National study shows black immigrants' health erodes the longer they live in US

In the first national study of its kind, sociologists from Rice University and University of California (UC)-Irvine find that black immigrants who arrive in America from black-majority regions of the world are healthier than those from white-majority regions; but regardless of how healthy blacks immigrants are when they come to the U.S., the longer they stay, the more their health erodes. The findings suggest racial discrimination is a major cause of poor health for American blacks -- native and foreign-born alike.

Rice's Michael Emerson and UC-Irvine's Jen'nan Read examined the health of about 3,000 black immigrants coming from the top regions of black emigration: The Caribbean, Africa, South America and Europe. The researchers focused on three measures of health: self-rated health, disability and hypertension.

Compared to U.S.-born blacks, those born in Europe -- a majority-white region that most closely resembles the U.S.'s racial structure -- are the least healthy, faring no better than American-born blacks. Blacks born in Africa and South America, where whites are the small minority, are much healthier than U.S.-born blacks. Those born in the Caribbean, a racially mixed region, are healthier than U.S.-born blacks but less healthy than those from Africa and South America. According to Emerson and Read, racial minorities are exposed to more stressful life events caused by discrimination. Stress, a key risk factor for many ailments, accumulates over the life course to harm health.

The study, published in the September issue of Social Forces, is the first to look at the health of black immigrants by their region of origin. Prior to 2000, national-level health data combined all black immigrants into a single category, which obscured the differences among them. This study shows the value of breaking them out as individual groups by home region.

"These findings point to the persistent black/white health gap in the United States," said Emerso
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Contact: B.J. Almond
balmond@rice.edu
713-348-6770
Rice University
15-Sep-2005


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