Health-related quality of life among Mexican-origin Latinos: the role of immigration legal status

Luz M. Garcini, Andre M.N. Renzaho, Marisa Molina, Guadalupe X. Ayala

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Objective: To assess the relationship between immigration legal status and related vulnerabilities and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among Mexican-origin Latinos living in a U.S.-Mexico border region. Methods: Data were obtained using multistage sampling from 393 Latino adults who took part in the 2009 San Diego Prevention Research Center community survey. Results: Significant differences in HRQoL were found across immigration legal status subgroups. Vulnerabilities associated with HRQoL varied across immigration legal status subgroups, and only depression was associated with HRQoL regardless of immigration legal status. Conclusion: Results from this study emphasize the need for policies and programs to facilitate access to preventive services, including mental health services, in order to maintain the health of at-risk Latino immigrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-581
Number of pages16
JournalEthnicity and Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 4 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Latinos
  • health
  • immigration legal status
  • quality of life
  • undocumented

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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