Sedentary Mexican American elder women: Self-rated health, perceived symptoms and medical problems

Judith A. Berg, Sandra L. Cromwell, Alice V. Pasvogel

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OBJECTIVE(S): The purpose of this study was to describe self-rated health, current symptoms, and medical problems in a group of sedentary elder Mexican American women. METHOD(S): A descriptive cross-sectional design was utilized to describe a convenience sample of Mexican American women aged 67.2±9.3 years who were primarily married (41.2%, n=28) or widowed (29.4%, n=20), retired or not working (71.9%, n=46), had grade school (41.2%, n=28) or high school education (32.4%, n=22), and were born in the U.S. (55.9%, n=38) or in Mexico (44.1%, n=30). RESULT(S): Women reported "definitely true" (10.8%, n=7) and "mostly true" (55.4%, n=36) to "my health is excellent" and "definitely true" (20%, n=13) and "mostly true") to "1 have been feeling bad lately" (43.1, n=28). Participants reported more symptoms than medical problems (6.7±4.4; 4.5±2.4). CONCLUSION(S): Continued investigation of elder Mexican American women is essential, as they are growing in number and their health has significance to our health care delivery system and to the nation at large.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Multicultural Nursing and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Elder Women
  • Medical Problems; Symptoms
  • Mexican American Women
  • Self-Rated Health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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