Shared health behaviors among older Mexican American spouses

American Journal of Health Behavior
Jim P StimpsonM Kristen Peek

Abstract

To assess the association of health behaviors among husbands and wives. Cohort study of 553 Mexican American couples aged 65 years or older from the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (H-EPESE). Multivariate regression analyses test the association of body mass index, smoking, and alcohol consumption among husbands and wives. Body mass index is positively associated among couples. Risk of smoking or drinking was higher if the partner had ever smoked or drank alcohol. Health behaviors are associated among older Mexican American couples. Intervention efforts should be directed at both spouses.

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Diastolic Blood Pressure
Prevalence Studies
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Incidence Studies
Health Behavior
Body Mass Index Procedure
Multivariate Analysis
Logistic Regression
Mexican Americans

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