Title

Acculturation Matters: Risk Perceptions of Smoking among Bosnian Refugees Living in the United States

Roles

Student author: Lucia M. Stancioff

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2008

Department

Psychology

Language

English

Publication Title

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

Abstract

The relationship between acculturation and health behavior change is complex. Little research has focused on acculturation and perceptions of health-related risks. This study investigated acculturation and risk perceptions of heart attack and lung cancer among a group of refugees. Questionnaires were distributed to a sample of Bosnian refugees living in the United States (N = 55). Results indicated that smokers thought they were less at risk than other smokers and no more at risk than non-smokers, whereas non-smokers did not think they were less at risk than other non-smokers. Greater acculturation was associated with greater perception of smokers’ risk of heart attack and lung cancer. Smoking cessation interventions with refugees should incorporate culturally appropriate risk information.

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DOI

10.1007/s10903-007-9107-1

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