Definition An unexplained phenomenon in which Hispanics tend to have lower rates of chronic illness and poor health outcomes, despite having on lower average incomes and fewer years of formal education, both of which parameters are usually associated with increased morbidity and mortality.
Possible explanations, Hispanic paradox
• Barrio advantage–intact family and social structures
• Slower acculturation–lower rates of drug use, alcohol consumption, smoking, poor eating habits, and greater social interactions and support in less Americanised groups
• Healthy migrant effect–workers who are less robust don’t migrate; newer migrants are healthier than those who have lived long-term in the USA.
Synonyms Epidemiologic paradox, Hispanic epidemiological paradox, Latino epidemiological paradox, Latino paradox