Study: Immigrant Hispanics less stressed, healthier
May 5th, 2011
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Study: Immigrant Hispanics less stressed, healthier

A new study finds that foreign-born Hispanics living in the U.S. experience significantly less stress than American-born Hispanics.

The study, published last month in Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race,  concludes that in addition to education and income disparities, higher levels of chronic stress among Hispanics and African-Americans leads to worse health outcomes in those populations.

But foreign-born Hispanics showed lower levels of stress, similar to whites, while American-born Hispanics showed higher levels of stress, similar to African-Americans, the study showed.

Participants answered questions about job satisfaction, financial strain, discrimination, personal relationships, and violence, ranking their experiences on a scale.

Researchers also took a more objective inventory of significant life events causing stress, such as whether a child had died or if a home had been burglarized.

Stress had a similar effect on all racial ethnic groups – no racial group’s health was found to be more vulnerable to stress than any other group – but the actual amount of stress did vary significantly, with African-Americans experiencing the most stress on average.

Higher levels of chronic stress lead to worse health outcomes, the study finds.

Dr. David Williams, the senior author, says he expected foreign-born Hispanics to have lower levels of stress than American-born Hispanics because previous studies have shown that all immigrants – including Hispanics, Whites, Blacks, and Asians – have better health than their native-born counterparts.

What’s surprising about the findings, Williams says, is just how much more stress those born in the U.S. experience compared with their immigrant counterparts.

In seeking an explanation, the study cites the possibility of a stronger social support network among recent immigrants, and a positive outlook on their opportunities.

“In spite of the difficulties faced in the new society, they are nonetheless comparing their opportunities in the U.S. with the opportunities they had in the country where they came from,” says Williams, “and therefore they focus more on opportunities and see the glass as half full and not half empty.”

The study was conducted by Harvard School of Public Health researchers using data from 3,105 adults in the Chicago Community Adult Health Study.

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  1. I Love Hispanics

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  2. I Love Hispanics

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    When you bid your loved ones goodbye each day
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    Your cares will vanish and burdens seem light
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    Saint Peter, I trust, will o'erlook ev'ry sin
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  3. I Love Hispanics

    "Police Man's Pride"

    They go thru such training
    They graduate with honor their uniform is neatly pressed
    Their shields shine in the sun this is the pride that a police man takes

    They patrol our streets with such pride
    Day and Night they keep us safe
    For the love of the job
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    Our Nation's Police Man
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  4. I Love Hispanics

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    It’s coming from the cemetery ground

    Sounds like bagpipes from a military tattoo

    A large number of people gathered wearing blue

    It’s a police funeral conducted in a military fashion

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    They are saying goodbye to their fallen comrade

    All performed with the precision of a military parade

    An observer cannot feel anything but proud

    To have touched the life of the person in the funeral shroud

    To give your life in such a way

    Heroic to the end, the supreme price to pay

    The dedication of the boys in blue

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    Little Did He Know, This One Is Dressed In Blue.

    Arriving On The Scene, He Knows Just What To Say,
    "Follow Me, Fallen Brother, I'll Show You The Way."
    "Your Duty Has Ended, Your Work Is Now Through."
    "Come Hang Your Hat Beside Mine, I'm A Cop, Too."


    April 1, 2017 at 02:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. I Love Hispanics

    "Dressed In Blue"

    To all the ones Dressed in Blue,
    I wish to say "Thank you."

    ~ God Bless You ALL ~

    Everyday, he gets ready and puts on his vest,
    It protects him, so he can do his best.
    He can ride the streets, and keep us safe,
    And if he’s lucky, he will see another day.

    He pulls someone over and they say “I pay you”,
    Why not pay him more, to do what he must do?
    Would you do the job for the pay he receives?
    If you say no, then you may honestly see.

    He does what he does because he cares,
    No matter what, when we call he is there.
    Whether it’s late at night, or at the crack of dawn,
    He is the one there, when most would be gone.

    A bar room fight, a dope deal going down,
    He is on the way, from the other side of town.
    A child abused and a mother badly beaten,
    He’s on the way, didn’t even finish eating.

    Holidays without family time come and go,
    It’s not easy, but it’s the job he loves and knows.
    The kids are all so grown,
    Starting families of their own.

    To protect and serve is what he vowed,
    Things are so tough and he is always down.
    He doesn’t let it stop him, because he cares,
    And he always said if you need me, I am there.

    One call came in and he responded with pride,
    He had been there before and dealt with this type.
    Unfortunately things didn’t go as he planned,
    Guns were shot and a bullet hit this man.

    Many came to see the man they knew,
    The lines of people just grew and grew.
    As they looked down, “It’s a Hero” they would say,
    But, did anyone tell him that before this dreadful day?

    As he lay there, all Dressed in Blue,
    Everyone hearing, what he meant to you.
    Sadly, you cannot tell him anymore,
    But, look around there are many more.

    There are many people Dressed in Blue,
    Like him, they do it for me and you.
    So, why not let them know how much we care,
    And how much we appreciate them being there.

    Next time you see a man or woman Dressed in Blue,
    Remember they were sent by God to protect me and you.

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    When brave Americans fought to their deaths,
    To save those on the grounds below,
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    As Satan,
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    And will not utter a battered moan,
    The evil should have known,
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    Something they can't understand,
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    Please put up your flags and pray for our
    Country and those that have lost so much.

    God Bless,


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  8. I Love Hispanics


    I like the Policeman that patrols our street,
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    The kids all like him he always smiles,
    Over the years he has walked many miles.

    He always knows the time of day,
    What is more he has plenty to say.
    Sometimes he comes to the local schools,
    To explain to the children the traffic's rules.

    Also not to listen to strangers or take sweets,
    For not every one is kind even on his beat.
    To Mums and Dads he offers good advice,
    For some of the children are not always nice.

    A patient man that wears a uniform,
    Some of his methods are not always conform.
    A master of knowing what is right, what is wrong,
    He shows the children the right path to go along.

    If he should happen to come your way,
    Be extra nice and bid him a good day.


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  9. I Love Hispanics

    "Pray for the Men in Blue"

    It takes a very special person to wear the blue.
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    We made a commitment to protect and serve.
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    No normal shifts, not nine to five.
    We work 24/7 to keep you alive.
    Holidays and weekends don’t mean a thing.
    We work night and day, just give us a ring.

    Our loved ones and children pray every night.
    That we will return at the break of daylight.
    We carry guns and wear vests to help us get through.
    You couldn’t imagine some of the things we must do.

    We see accidents and blood and small children crying.
    We also see death and it’s not just old people dying.
    Abusive spouses and parents that don’t seem to care.
    These are just a few of the things, to make you aware.

    Drug dealers and drunks are a regular sight.
    We go to the bars for fight after fight.
    Responding to calls day after day.
    Not allowing our personal lives to get in the way.

    You complain all the time when you see us on a break.
    We just drive around in cars and oh, the money we make.
    Stop for a second and try to assess
    Who’s always there to clean up the mess.

    We do all we can to help and provide.
    To make you feel safe and secure inside.
    Please remember all of the things that we must do.
    And next time you pray, include the men in blue.


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    "Give Him a Guardian Angel"

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    My husband is a policeman
    And as he goes to work each day,
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    When he leaves, I say "Be Careful."
    And kiss him on his sweet face,
    But I can't be there to watch over him
    All the time and in every place.

    I know Joe's just one officer,
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    I know he'll try to stop
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    I know this may sound selfish
    And yes it may be true
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    I know he'd give his life.
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    Send him a guardian angel Lord
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    "Police Sacrifice"
    While you sleep, we're there.

    When you're sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, or celebrating Christmas, we're there.

    When its raining and cold, and you're glad to be in your home with your family, we're out there.

    When it's your children's birthday, we're out there.

    When it's our children's birthday, we're still out there.

    You put on a suit and dress to go to work, we strap on a ballistic vest and a gun.

    There's little room for error in your job, in ours there is none.

    An error by you means a demotion, an error by us means a funeral.

    When you tell your families "see you tonight" as you leave for work, you mean it. When we tell our family that, we pray we will.

    At your job you strive to succeed, at our job we strive to survive.

    In your job, one bad person is the talk of the office, in our job, one bad officer makes the news and suddenly were all bad.

    In these headlines it's not what good we've done, but how much better it could have been done.

    When you're scared you call us, when we're scared, we must carry on.

    While you're eating a home cooked meal, we're having another hamburger.

    While you're asleep with your spouse, ours sleep alone.

    So the next time you're out with your family or friends, and you see a patrol car go by, remember the incredible sacrifice made by these officers every day.

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