Rural Latino adolescent health: Preliminary examination of health risks and cultural correlates

Timothy D. Nelson, Katherine M. Kidwell, Brian E. Armenta, Lisa J. Crockett, Gustavo Carlo, Les B. Whitbeck

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Latino adolescents living in rural settings may be at increased risk of health problems; however, data describing the health status of this population are limited. This study examined 60 rural Latino adolescents and found high rates of health risk, including at-risk/clinical results for hemoglobin A1C (23.3%), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (55%), systolic blood pressure (21.7%), and overweight/obesity (55%). Time in sedentary behaviors was high and physical activity was limited. Adolescent language use was associated with health risk status, with greater use of English associated with lower risk. Health psychologists could promote improved health by providing health behavior interventions to this underserved population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)802-808
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014



  • Latino
  • adolescents
  • blood tests
  • health risk
  • rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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