The relationship between acculturation and health behavior change is complex. Little research has focused on acculturation and perceptions of health-related risks. This study investigated acculturation and risk perceptions of heart attack and lung cancer among a group of refugees. Questionnaires were distributed to a sample of Bosnian refugees living in the United States (N = 55). Results indicated that smokers thought they were less at risk than other smokers and no more at risk than non-smokers, whereas non-smokers did not think they were less at risk than other non-smokers. Greater acculturation was associated with greater perception of smokers’ risk of heart attack and lung cancer. Smoking cessation interventions with refugees should incorporate culturally appropriate risk information.
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We would like to thank Peter Harris, Laurel Peterson, and Jostein Rise for comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript.
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Helweg-Larsen, M., Stancioff, L.M. Acculturation Matters: Risk Perceptions of Smoking among Bosnian Refugees Living in the United States. J Immigrant Minority Health 10, 423–428 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-007-9107-1
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