Health‐Promoting Lifestyles of English‐Speaking and Spanish‐Speaking Mexican‐American Migrant Farm Workers

Madeleine J. Kerr, Deborah A. Ritchey

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Abstract

This study was conducted with 62 Mexican‐American migrant farm workers at four different sites in northern Illinois. An established English and a newly developed pilot Spanish version of the health‐promoting lifestyle profile was used. The concept of health‐promoting lifestyle appeared to be culturally relevant to study participants. English‐speaking migrant workers scored significantly lower than Spanish‐speaking workers on the dimensions of self‐actualization, exercise, and stress management. Patterns of scores among both groups were highest in self‐actualization and interpersonal support, and lowest in health responsibility and exercise. Further research in health‐promoting behaviors with all cultural groups and socioeconomic levels of society will contribute to achievement of the World Health Organization's goal, health for all by the year 2000.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-87
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1990

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