The Salmon Bias Effect For Older Immigrants Essay

890 Words Nov 30th, 2016 4 Pages
The subject of this article is to investigate the “salmon-bias effect” for older immigrants, which suggests that Mexicans in the U.S. return to Mexico due to poor health, as an explanation for the “Hispanic health paradox,” that is, Latinos/Latinas in the United States are healthier than their socioeconomic status suggest they would be, and non-Hispanic Whites.
Three proposed explanations have arisen for the Hispanic health paradox; data artifacts which reduce the validity of mortality rates, cussed from incorrect ethnic identification on death certificates due to mismatched records and possible overstating their age. Second if the protective social and cultural characteristics, which includes family and social support, therefore benefiting Hispanics through the positive influence from others healthy behaviors. Subsequently, the acculturation effect, Hispanic immigrants, over time assimilate to the new environment and lose their health advantage. The third and the focus of this study, the selective migration, which refers to the salmon-bias and healthy- migrant effects. The salmon-bias effect suggests that migrants that are unhealthy will return to their country of origin once they have experienced illness, while migrants in good health will remain, therefore, the individuals who migrant may be healthier than those who stay in their country of origin. Many studies have used U.S. data and found evidence of the health paradox, however, the present study uses Mexican data that…

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