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Health Psychol. 2005 Sep;24(5):501-7.

Injury risk among children of low-income U.S.-born and immigrant mothers.

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  • 1Department of PsychologyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA. schwebel@uab.edu


The number of immigrants in the United States is at an all time high, yet psychologists have largely ignored the domain of immigrant health. This article considers 1 aspect of immigrant health, risk for pediatric injury. A sample of over 5,000 5-year-old children from impoverished families was studied; approximately 13% had immigrant mothers. Children of immigrants had a significantly lower rate of injury in the prior year. This was particularly true of non-White children of immigrants. Three possible mediators for this finding--assistance with parenting, parenting style, and health care accessibility--were considered, but none explained the difference. The need for further research on the topic and implications of results for injury prevention are discussed.

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