Adolescent Survival Expectations: Variations by Race, Ethnicity, and Nativity

Citation

Warner, T. D. & Swisher, R. R. (2015). Adolescent Survival Expectations: Variations by Race, Ethnicity, and Nativity. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. vol. 56 (4) pp. 487-494

Abstract

Adolescent survival expectations are linked to a range of problem behaviors, poor health, and later socioeconomic disadvantage, yet scholars have not examined how survival expectations are differentially patterned by race, ethnicity, and/or nativity. This is a critical omission given that many risk factors for low survival expectations are themselves stratified by race and ethnicity. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, we modeled racial, ethnic, and immigrant group differences in trajectories of adolescent survival expectations and assess whether these differences are accounted for by family, neighborhood, and/or other risk factors (e.g., health care access, substance use, exposure to violence). Findings indicated that most racial, ethnic, and immigrant groups were more pessimistic about their survival than were non-Hispanic whites, with the exception of Cuban youth, who were the most optimistic. Foreign-born Mexican youth had the lowest survival expectations, contrary to expectations from the "healthy-immigrant" hypothesis.

URL

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26582513

Keyword(s)

adolescence immigration life course subjective health survival expectations

Notes

2150-6000 Warner, Tara D Swisher, Raymond R Journal article J Health Soc Behav. 2015 Nov 17. pii: 0022146515611730.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Author(s)

Warner, T. D.
Swisher, R. R.

Year Published

2015

Volume Number

56

Issue Number

4

Pages

487-494

Edition

11/20

DOI

10.1177/0022146515611730

Reference ID

7017