Population Health

May 15, 2019

The impact of societal attitudes, political rhetoric on immigrants’ health

Image of the UW block WNew research from the University of Washington School of Social Work argues that the current political climate, and debates over issues such as a border wall, become part of the environment that influences the health of immigrants to the United States.

The study co-authored by assistant professor Jane Lee (pictured) identifies the “sociopolitical context” of immigration and how this contributes to health-related behaviors.

Specifically, a lack of clarity for immigration policies, when combined with experiences of discrimination and animosity from others, led to psycho-emotional impacts such as fear and hopelessness. Other effects included physical impacts such as substance abuse and unprotected sex, and an avoidance of medical care or preventive behaviors.

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