Parents' Traditional Cultural Values and Mexican-Origin Young Adults' Routine Health and Dental Care

Kimberly Updegraff, Sally I Chun Kuo, Susan M. McHale, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Lorey A. Wheeler

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Purpose: To investigate the prospective associations between Mexican-origin mothers' and fathers' traditional cultural values and young adults' health and dental care utilization and to test the moderating role of youth gender. Methods: Mexican-origin parents and youth (N = 246 families) participated in home interviews and provided self-reports of parents' cultural values (time 1) and young adults' health status and routine health and dental care (time 2; 5 years later). Logistic regressions tested parents' traditional cultural values as predictors of routine health and dental care, accounting for parent nativity, parent acculturation, family socioeconomic status, youth gender, youth age, and youth physical health status. We also tested whether youth gender moderated the associations between parents' cultural values and young adults' routine care. Results: Young adults whose mothers endorsed strong familism values when they were in mid-to-late adolescence were more likely to report at least one routine physician visit in the past year as young adults (odds ratio [OR] = 3.47, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.23-9.83, p = .019). Furthermore, for females only, mothers' more traditional gender role attitudes predicted reduced odds of receiving routine health (OR = .22; 95% CI: .08-.64, p = .005) and dental care (OR = .26; 95% CI: .09-.75, p < .012) in young adulthood. Conclusions: Our findings highlight the importance of examining intragroup variability in culturally specific mechanisms to identify targets for addressing ethnic/racial disparities in health care utilization among Mexican-origin young adults, during a period of increased risk for health-compromising behaviors and reduced access to care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
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StateAccepted/In press - Jun 30 2016

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Dental Care
Young Adult
Parents
Delivery of Health Care
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Odds Ratio
Mothers
Confidence Intervals
Health Status
Acculturation
Health
Social Class
Fathers
Self Report
Logistic Models
Interviews
Physicians

Keywords

  • Cultural values
  • Mexican Americans
  • Routine health and dental care
  • Young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Parents' Traditional Cultural Values and Mexican-Origin Young Adults' Routine Health and Dental Care. / Updegraff, Kimberly; Kuo, Sally I Chun; McHale, Susan M.; Umaña-Taylor, Adriana J.; Wheeler, Lorey A.

In: Journal of Adolescent Health, 30.06.2016.

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Updegraff, Kimberly ; Kuo, Sally I Chun ; McHale, Susan M. ; Umaña-Taylor, Adriana J. ; Wheeler, Lorey A. / Parents' Traditional Cultural Values and Mexican-Origin Young Adults' Routine Health and Dental Care. In: Journal of Adolescent Health. 2016.
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