Discrimination, cultural consonance, and cell-medated immunity among college students at the University of Alabama

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dc.contributor Kosiba, Steven
dc.contributor Dressler, William W.
dc.contributor Thorn, Beverly E.
dc.contributor.advisor DeCaro, Jason A.
dc.contributor.author Quinn, Edward
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:42:18Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:42:18Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002290
dc.identifier.other Quinn_alatus_0004M_12709
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2631
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Racial-ethnic inequalities in health are a major public health concern in the United States. Biocultural anthropologists approach the question of health using culture theory and are informed by expertise in human biology. The mechanisms by which social inequalities “get under the skin” and are transduced into health inequalities are of interest to both biocultural anthropologists and those directing efforts to reduce health inequalities. Recent evidence showing racial-ethnic differences in cell-mediated immunity was elaborated upon through research conducted with 71 young college students at the University of Alabama. Drawing on prior ethnographic work on understandings of life trajectory among youth, and on the extensive literature demonstrating associations between perceived discrimination and health outcomes, this study tested two mechanisms for the observed racial-ethnic differences in cell-mediated immunity. Cultural consonance, or the degree to which an individual is congruent with locally valued ways of thinking and behaving, and perceived discrimination were tested for associations with cytomegalovirus (CMV). CMV was used as a proxy measure of cell-mediated immune status. Differences by race-ethnicity in CMV were found. Non-White students had higher levels of CMV than White students. No main effects of cultural consonance or perceived discrimination predicted CMV, but an interaction between these two variables did predict CMV. Future research efforts in racial-ethnic health disparities will consider social address and culture as important factors in population health.
dc.format.extent 105 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Cultural anthropology
dc.title Discrimination, cultural consonance, and cell-medated immunity among college students at the University of Alabama
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology
etdms.degree.discipline Anthropology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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