When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Taliaferro : 1126
Event Type(s): Health
This paper tests whether the immigrant health advantage applies to Black immigrants and examines nativity-based differences in Allostatic Load (AL) among foreign- and U.S.-born Black individuals. Research suggests that upon arrival to the U.S., the foreign-born are healthier than their U.S.-born counterparts. Further, the literature on AL suggests and that over exposure to adverse conditions while adapting to U.S. culture can create a buildup of stressors endemic to the immigrant experience particularly for immigrants of color. This study aims to provide knowledge about whether AL operates in a similar way for Black individuals as has been evidenced in the Latino immigrant literature.