Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 596–601

Age-Related Differences in Biomedical and Folk Beliefs as Causes for Diabetes and Heart Disease Among Mexican Origin Adults

  • Aunchalee E. L. Palmquist
  • Anna V. Wilkinson
  • Juan-Miguel Sandoval
  • Laura M. Koehly
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10903-011-9522-1

Cite this article as:
Palmquist, A.E.L., Wilkinson, A.V., Sandoval, JM. et al. J Immigrant Minority Health (2012) 14: 596. doi:10.1007/s10903-011-9522-1

Abstract

An understanding of health beliefs is key to creating culturally appropriate health services for Hispanic populations in the US. In this study we explore age-based variations in causal beliefs for heart disease and diabetes among Mexican origin adults in Houston, TX. This cross-sectional study included 497 adults of Mexican origin. Participants were asked to indicate the importance of biomedically defined and folk illness-related risk factors as causes for heart disease and diabetes. Biomedical risk factors were ranked highest as causes of diabetes and heart disease among all participants. Folk illness-related factors were ranked below biomedical factors as causes of heart disease among all age groups. Susto was ranked above the median as a risk factor for diabetes among older participants. Age-related differences in causal beliefs may have implications for designing culturally appropriate health services, such as tailored diabetes interventions for older Mexican origin adults.

Keywords

Causal beliefs Acculturation Age differences Mexican origin Folk illness 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC (Outside the USA) 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aunchalee E. L. Palmquist
    • 1
    • 4
  • Anna V. Wilkinson
    • 2
  • Juan-Miguel Sandoval
    • 1
    • 3
  • Laura M. Koehly
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, Social and Behavioral Research BranchBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public HealthAustin Regional CampusAustinUSA
  3. 3.School of Medicine, Stanford UniversityPalo AltoUSA
  4. 4.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyElon UniversityElonUSA

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