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Immigrant Families

  • By: YoungJu Shin & Michael Hecht
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Immigrant families are now one of the fast growing categories of households in the United States. One in five children growing up in the United States is from an immigrant family and the proportion is estimated to be increasing. While settling in the United States, immigrant families are required to adjust to the host culture. This involves changes in living conditions and social status as well as, for many, acculturation; all of these are major challenges for many immigrants. These stressors make them more vulnerable to negative physical, mental, and behavioral health outcomes in the new environment. As a result, it is vital to understand how the newly arrived immigrants manage their health; investigating immigrant family communication and health is a major aspect to ...

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