Latino Health

John M. Ruiz, Patrick Steffen

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Latinos, like other minorities, have a significant health risk factor profile marked by educational, economic, and disease challenges. Yet, despite these disparities, Latinos appear to live longer than non-Hispanic whites, an epidemiological phenomenon commonly referred to as the Hispanic or Latino mortality paradox. This surprising finding casts doubt on the generalizability of several tenets of psychosocial health and health disparities and spurs new questions regarding the cause of such resilience. This chapter begins by describing the characteristics of Latinos in the United States, before reviewing the evidence and complexity of the Latino mortality paradox. Emerging explanatory models for such effects are discussed and a conceptual model to guide future research is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940400
ISBN (Print)9780195342819
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Health disparities
  • Hispanic
  • Latino
  • Latino health
  • Mortality paradox

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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