Table 1

Comparison of demographic and behavioral characteristics for Mexican and other Latino immigrants by Number and Percentage
Variable Total Mexican Immigrants Latino Immigrants p-values
n % n % n %
DEMOGRAPHIC
Age
18–29 years 69 29% 44 28% 25 30%
30–39 years 102 43% 71 45% 31 37%
≥ 40 years 69 29% 42 27% 27 33% ns
Total 240 *,† 100% 157 100% 83 100%
Gender
Males 74 31% 39 25% 35 42%
Females 166 69% 118 75% 48 58% <.01
Total 240 100% 157 100% 83 100%
Education
≤ Elementary 125 52% 90 57% 35 42%
Some High School or more 115 48% 67 43% 48 58% <.05
Total 240 100% 157 100% 83 100%
Income
$0–$11,999 121 59% 72 57% 49 64%
≥$12,000 83 41% 55 43% 28 36% <.01
Total 204 100% 127 100% 77 100%
BEHAVIORAL
Alcohol consumption
Never 156 65% 99 63% 57 69% ns
Past & current 84 35% 58 37% 26 31%
Total 240 100% 157 100% 83 100%
Tobacco use
Never 188 78% 121 77% 67 81% ns
Past & current 52 12% 36 23% 16 19%
Total 240 100% 157 100% 83 100%
Flossing use
No 104 43% 74 47% 30 36% ns
Yes 136 57% 83 53% 53 64%
Total 240 100% 157 100% 83 100%

Chi-squared tests used to determine differences between Mexican and Latino immigrants.

* = Mean ages were 35.47 years (SE 0.74) for Mexican born and 35.58 years (SE 1.10) for those born in other Latino countries.

† = Length of residence in U.S.A. for Mexican immigrants was 11.43 years (SE 0.68) and Latino immigrants was 9.00 years (SE 0.79).

‡ 36 missing.

Spolsky et al.

Spolsky et al. BMC Oral Health 2012 12:39   doi:10.1186/1472-6831-12-39

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