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Shared Health Behaviors Among Older Mexican American Spouses

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Abstract:

Objective: To assess the association of health behaviors among husbands and wives. Methods: Cohort study of 553 Mexican American couples aged 65 years or older from the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (H-EPESE). Multivariate regression analyses test the association of body mass index, smoking, and alcohol consumption among husbands and wives. Results: Body mass index is positively associated among couples. Risk of smoking or drinking was higher if the partner had ever smoked or drank alcohol. Conclusion: Health behaviors are associated among older Mexican American couples. Intervention efforts should be directed at both spouses.

Keywords: Mexican Americans; health behavior; marriage; spouses

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.30.5.6

Affiliations: 1: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston TX. 2: Doctoral student, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston TX. 3: Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston TX.

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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