rural immigration, social determinants of health, happiness, hope
In a rural Midwestern community sample (n=273), large proportions of Somalis and Whites ranked overall health as "Very good" (57% and 50%, respectively), while Hispanics (42%) considered it "Good". Across all groups, most are either "Happy" or "Very happy" with their jobs—64%, 91%, 83%—or their families—85%, 93%, 91.6%— with reference to Hispanics, Somalis, and Whites, respectively. When asked “In the past 30 days, how often did you feel hopeless?”, 83% of Somalis and two-thirds (67%) of Whites responded, "None of the time", while half (50%) of Hispanics indicated the same. Overall, Hispanics appeared to be less healthy, happy, and hopeful than their White and Somali counterparts.
Chaidez, Virginia; Qiu, Yumou; Palmer-Wackerly, Angela L.; Tippens, Julie A.; Parra, Gilbert R.; Habecker, Patrick; Carrasco, Kimberly Gocchi; Soliz, Jordan; PytlikZillig, Lisa M.; and Dombrowski, Kirk
"Ethnic Comparisons in Perceptions of Health, Happiness, Hope, and Related Social Determinants of Health in a Majority-Minority Midwestern Town,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 48:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol48/iss1/6
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