Predictors of health promotion behavours among Asian Indian immigrants: implications for practitioners

Ranjita Misra (PhD, CHES, Associate Professor, Health & Kinesiology Department, 4243 TAMU, 158P Read Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843‐4243)
Rashmi Gupta (Ph.D, MSW, 3009 Glenwood CT, Bedford, TX 76021)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Publication date: 1 December 2004


The purpose of this study was to examine the health promotion behaviours of Gujarati Asian Indian immigrants in the United States. Although there is an abundance of literature on health promotion behaviours, research on Asian Indian immigrant’s health promotion behaviour remains unexplored. The research was conducted on a national sample of 261 Gujurati immigrants via survey questionnaire. Apath model was utilised to test predictors of health promotion behaviours among the respondents. Findings reveal that health promotion behaviours were positively associated with the respondent’s age, number of work hours and negatively associated with meal change to a more western diet. Implications for social work practitioners are discussed.



Misra, R. and Gupta, R. (2004), "Predictors of health promotion behavours among Asian Indian immigrants: implications for practitioners", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 24 No. 12, pp. 66-86.

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