WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A national survey released today reveals that Hispanics engage in healthy behaviors to manage stress, such as exercising and seeking support from family and friends, more than the general U.S. population, but that stress is still a major health concern for this group. While Hispanics cite many sources of stress in their lives, the leading source of stress -- particularly for Hispanic women -- is concern for the health of family members. Similar to others in the United States, money and work are also significant sources of stress for Hispanics.
The survey, conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) looked at how people deal with stress and its effect on mind/body health across racial and ethnic groups. The survey was released in partnership with the National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC) and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. The survey was translated into Spanish, and Hispanic respondents could choose whether to take the survey in Spanish or English.
Healthy Behaviors to Manage Stress
Survey findings show that most Hispanics report spending time with family and friends (56 percent were very likely) to manage stress and 44 percent of Hispanics say they are very likely to use exercise as a way to reduce stress. Hispanics, as a group, rely less on unhealthy behaviors like smoking (8 percent) to manage stress when compared to the general population (14 percent).
"Stress is unavoidable. The key is how effectively people deal with stress," says Russ Newman, Ph.D., J.D., executive director for professional practice, APA. "Exercising and seeking support from family and friends are good examples of healthy ways to manage stress. People who are not taking proactive actions to manage stress or who are dealing with stress in unhealthy ways like smoking or eating can actually cause more health problems for themselves which leads to increased stress in the long run."
While Hispanics are more likely to report engaging in positive behaviors to manage stress, these behaviors often include sedentary practices such as listening to music (51 percent), reading (34 percent) and watching television (21 percent).
Hispanic Women as Family Health Managers More Stressed Than Men
According to national survey results released earlier this year by APA and NWHRC which looked at how stress affects the general population, it was reported that stress is higher among family health care decision makers. This is also true of Hispanics -- among Hispanics who say they make household health care decisions for their family, 61 percent report feeling concerned about the level of stress in their own lives, versus 48 percent of Hispanics who share the decisions with a spouse or partner.
The health care manager's burden is disproportionately felt by Hispanic women. Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of Hispanic women say they make the health care decisions in their family versus one-third of Hispanic men and slightly more than half of the general public (57 percent).
"Without health insurance or access to care, many Hispanic women find the stresses of being a care provider are compounded. And even when they do have health insurance they may not have access to culturally or linguistically proficient services that can deliver the kind of quality care they need for themselves and their loved ones," says Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.
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