Latina young adults' use of health care during initial months in the United States

Frank Dillon, Melissa M. Ertl, Dylan A. Corp, Rosa Babino, Mario De La Rosa

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We examined social ecological predictors of health care utilization among Latina young adults during their initial year after immigration to the United States. Participants were 530 Latinas (ages 18–23) who immigrated to Miami-Dade County, Florida, 11.5 months before assessment. We used multiple logistic regression to test predictors of health care usage. Approximately 36% utilized care. Dimensions of marianismo differentially associated with usage. Usage also was more likely for participants who reported more social network attachment, better health, greater neighborhood cohesion, and possessed a job and health insurance. Findings inform interventions to increase health care usage globally among women after immigration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-359
Number of pages17
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 4 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)


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