Family Environment and the Metabolic Syndrome: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Sociocultural Ancillary Study (SCAS)

Frank J. Penedo, Carrie E. Brintz, Maria Llabre, William Arguelles, Carmen R. Isasi, Elva M. Arredondo, Elena L. Navas-Nacher, Krista M. Perreira, Hector M. González, Carlos J. Rodriguez, Martha Daviglus, Neil Schneiderman, Linda C. Gallo

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Abstract

Background: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Very limited work has evaluated associations of sociocultural processes with prevalence of the MetS. Purpose: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate associations between family environment (cohesion/conflict) and the MetS, in a multi-site sample of US Hispanics/Latinos. Methods: A total of 3278 participants from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos underwent a clinical exam and completed psychosocial measures including family environment (cohesion and conflict) as part of the Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Results: The association between family environment and the MetS was moderated by sex. Among all women, higher family conflict was associated with MetS prevalence. Results by ancestry group showed that only among Cuban women, higher conflict was associated with the MetS, whereas only among Dominican men, greater cohesion was associated with the MetS. Conclusions: The family context may be a sociocultural protective or risk factor among Hispanics/Latinos in terms of MetS risk, but these associations may vary by sex and Hispanic background.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-801
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 12 2015

Keywords

  • Cohesion
  • Conflict
  • Family environment
  • Hispanics-Latinos
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Penedo, F. J., Brintz, C. E., Llabre, M., Arguelles, W., Isasi, C. R., Arredondo, E. M., Navas-Nacher, E. L., Perreira, K. M., González, H. M., Rodriguez, C. J., Daviglus, M., Schneiderman, N., & Gallo, L. C. (2015). Family Environment and the Metabolic Syndrome: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Sociocultural Ancillary Study (SCAS). Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49(6), 793-801. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12160-015-9713-4