Do Country-of-Origin Characteristics Help Explain Variation in Health Among Black Immigrants in the United States?

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    • Publication Information:
      Wiley Subscription Services, Inc.
    • Publication Date:
      2014
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    • Abstract:
      Byline: Tod G. Hamilton Objective Black immigrants in the United States migrate from a diverse set of countries, including countries in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Europe, and Africa. This study evaluates whether disparate conditions in black immigrants' birth countries help explain variation in their postmigration health. Methods Using data on black immigrants from the 2001 to 2012 waves of the March Current Population Survey (CPS) along with country data from the 2009 Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme, this study examines whether social, economic, and health conditions in black immigrants' birth countries have an independent effect on their postmigration health. Results Results show that health is more favorable among black immigrants who migrate from countries with a relatively high combined gross enrollment ratio for primary, secondary, and tertiary education; low levels of income inequality; and high life expectancies at birth. After controlling for country conditions, relative to non-African immigrants, African immigrants report the best health. Conclusion Future studies on the health of immigrants should incorporate characteristics of immigrants' birth countries. This information could provide valuable insights into the roles of selective migration and birth-country conditions in explaining variation in immigrants' postmigration health. Article Note: All data and coding are available upon request for replication purposes. The author thanks the IC Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars' Seed Grant Program for providing support for the project.
    • ISSN:
      0038-4941
    • Accession Number:
      10.1111/ssqu.12063
    • Rights:
      Copyright 2014 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
      COPYRIGHT 2014 Blackwell Publishers Ltd.
    • Accession Number:
      edsgcl.398437315
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HAMILTON, T. G. Do Country-of-Origin Characteristics Help Explain Variation in Health Among Black Immigrants in the United States? Social Science Quarterly, [s. l.], n. 3, p. 817, 2014. DOI 10.1111/ssqu.12063. Disponível em: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgea&AN=edsgcl.398437315&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912. Acesso em: 22 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Hamilton TG. Do Country-of-Origin Characteristics Help Explain Variation in Health Among Black Immigrants in the United States? Social Science Quarterly. 2014;(3):817. doi:10.1111/ssqu.12063
    • APA:
      Hamilton, T. G. (2014). Do Country-of-Origin Characteristics Help Explain Variation in Health Among Black Immigrants in the United States? Social Science Quarterly, 3, 817. https://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.12063
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hamilton, Tod G. 2014. “Do Country-of-Origin Characteristics Help Explain Variation in Health Among Black Immigrants in the United States?” Social Science Quarterly, no. 3: 817. doi:10.1111/ssqu.12063.
    • Harvard:
      Hamilton, T. G. (2014) ‘Do Country-of-Origin Characteristics Help Explain Variation in Health Among Black Immigrants in the United States?’, Social Science Quarterly, (3), p. 817. doi: 10.1111/ssqu.12063.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hamilton, TG 2014, ‘Do Country-of-Origin Characteristics Help Explain Variation in Health Among Black Immigrants in the United States?’, Social Science Quarterly, no. 3, p. 817, viewed 22 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Hamilton, Tod G. “Do Country-of-Origin Characteristics Help Explain Variation in Health Among Black Immigrants in the United States?” Social Science Quarterly, no. 3, 2014, p. 817. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/ssqu.12063.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hamilton, Tod G. “Do Country-of-Origin Characteristics Help Explain Variation in Health Among Black Immigrants in the United States?” Social Science Quarterly, no. 3 (2014): 817. doi:10.1111/ssqu.12063.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hamilton TG. Do Country-of-Origin Characteristics Help Explain Variation in Health Among Black Immigrants in the United States? Social Science Quarterly [Internet]. 2014 [cited 2020 Sep 22];(3):817. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgea&AN=edsgcl.398437315&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912