Immigration, Acculturation, and Health: The Mexican Diaspora

Immigration, Acculturation, and Health: The Mexican Diaspora
Jill S. Reichman
April 2006

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-132-1 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xii, 292 pages

Price   $75.00

"penetratin, qualitative study" --- Amado M. Padilla in Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences


Reichman debunks the myth of the cognitive and behavioral intransigence of first generation Mexican immigrants. Focusing on health care, she reveals the flexibility of female immigrants' beliefs about health and illness. She demonstrates how the rate of acculturation varies with the complaint: those with chronic disease shift health ideology faster than those sick from sub-acute illnesses. Ultimately, all sojourners learn new ways to care for themselves and redefine how they prevent and treat disease. Reichman's most important discovery is that the majority of changes occur within ten years, regardless of the age at which immigration takes place, the type of sending community, the level of education, or the English language fluency of the migrant.

About the Author

Jill S. Reichman received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003 and is currently the director of the Santa Fe Institute for Social Research.