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Hispanic Americans--Health and hygiene--Iowa--Black Hawk County; Hispanic Americans--Iowa--Black Hawk County--Social life and customs; Hispanic Americans--Health and hygiene; Iowa--Black Hawk County; Academic theses;


The elimination of the health disparities between different segments of population such as ethnic or racial minority groups in the United States is one of the principal goals of Healthy People 2010. Since 2002, the Hispanic/Latino population has been the largest minority group in the United States, and currently Hispanic/Latinos are the largest minority group in Iowa. The study assesses the relationships among health status, health promoting behavior, and acculturation of Hispanic/Latino immigrants in Black Hawk County, Iowa. A community sample of 54 adults completed a face-to-face structured interview. The instrumentation included the Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans-II (ARSMA-II), and the Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile-II (HPLP-II). The analysis was focused on the correlation of acculturation and health promoting behaviors such as health responsibility, physical activity, nutrition, spiritual growth, interpersonal relation, and stress management. The study found a positive correlation between acculturation level and two of the HPLP-II behavioral dimensions. Also, there was a significant relationship among respondents between perceived physical and mental health. In addition, the study described the demographic characteristics of the respondents and tried to explain the role of acculturation, health-promoting behavior, and perceived health. The findings may contribute to the discussion about Hispanic/Latino immigrants' health, and the possible implications for the community and future research.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Dennis Cryer

Second Advisor

Michele Yehieli

Third Advisor

Gene Lutz


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