Since type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects Latinos, this study will examine how cultural factors, such as familismo and personalismo, influence Latino immigrants in the United States. A qualitative cross-sectional research design was utilized to conduct semi-structured interviews among Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants living in Los Angeles County. The results indicate that cultural heritage of participants and their interpretation of healthcare services influence how they receive diabetes information, perceive diabetes symptoms and ultimately how they utilize healthcare services before and after a diabetes diagnosis. The participants struggled to fully understand and manage the disease due to fear of diagnosis and barriers in accessing culturally relevant health services. There is a need for interventions that target specific cultural similarities and differences among Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants.
|Commitee:||Farmer, Gail, Gorman, Fiona, Nguyen-Rodriguez, Selena|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Health education|
|Keywords:||Cultural factors, Immigrant health, Latino immigrants, Type 2 diabetes|
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