The relationship between psychosocial status of immigrant latino mothers and use of emergency pediatric services

Ruth E. Zambrana, Kathleen Ell, Claudia Dorrington, Laura Wachsman, Dee Hodge

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Abstract

Consistent empirical evidence has shown that low-income Latino populations tend to underutilize health care services and do not have a usual source of care. This article identifies and describes the sociodemographic and psychosocial characteristics of Latino immigrant mothers who use emergency pediatric services, assesses the association of maternal characteristics with perceived barriers to care, and examines key predictors of total number of pediatric visits in a year. A survey was carried out to obtain data on reason for emergency room visit, usual sources of care, child’s health, and mother’s physical and psychosocial health. The results revealed a clear pattern of delayed care for acute problems in the children, a high number of reported barriers to pediatric care, and high mental distress reported by mothers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-102
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Social Work
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children

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