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The African American Studies Department Fall Brown Bag with Laurén Doamekpor "Allostatic Load in Foreign- and U.S.-Born Blacks: Evidence from the 2001-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey"

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.


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