The Association Between Family Social Network Size and Healthy Lifestyle Factors: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

Rosenda Murillo, Amber Pirzada, Donghong Wu, Linda C. Gallo, Sonia Davis, Natania W. Ostrovsky, Frank J. Penedo, Krista Perreira, Samantha A. Reina, Linda Van Horn, Jeremiah Stamler, Martha L. Daviglus

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Abstract

We examined associations of central family (i.e., children, parents, in-laws) social network size with healthy lifestyle factors (i.e., favorable body mass index, physical activity, diet, alcohol use, smoking). Using data on 15,511 Hispanics/Latinos 18–74 years old from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, multivariable adjusted survey logistic regression was used to compute associations of social network size with healthy lifestyle factors. A one-unit higher total of central family size was associated with lower odds of healthy body mass index (OR 0.90; 95% CI 0.86–0.93) and having all five healthy lifestyle factors (OR 0.90; 95% CI 0.85–0.96). Findings suggest familial structural social support may contribute to healthy lifestyle factors and differ based on the type of relationship among Hispanics/Latinos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-208
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health behavior
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Hispanic
  • Latino
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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