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Hurling Alone? How social capital failed to save the Irish from cardiovascular disease in the United States

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dc.contributor.author Kelleher, Cecily
dc.contributor.author Nolan, Geraldine
dc.contributor.author Tay, Joseph
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-11T16:34:13Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-11T16:34:13Z
dc.date.issued 2004-03-18
dc.identifier.citation Kelleher, C., Harper, S., Tay, J., & Nolan, G. (2004). Hurling Alone? How social capital failed to save the Irish from cardiovascular disease in the United States. American journal of public health, 94(12), 2162-2169. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1541-0048
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2317
dc.description.abstract Objectives: We performed a historical review of cardiovascular risk profiles of Irish immigrants to the United States, 1850-1970, in regard to lifestyle, socioeconomic circumstances, and social capital. Methods: We analyzed US Census data from 1850-1970, area-based social and epidemiological data from Boston, data from Ireland's National Nutrition Surveillance Centre, and literature on Irish migration. Results: The Irish were consistently at increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, a risk that related initially to material deprivation, across the life course of at least 2 generations. Conclusions: The principal difference between the Irish and other disadvantaged immigrant groups, such as the Italians, was dietary habits influenced by experiences during the Irish famine. Although there was a psychosocial component to the disadvantage and discrimination they experienced as an ethnic group, the Irish also exhibited strong community networks and support structures that might have been expected to counteract discrimination's negative effects. However, the Irish's high levels of social capital were not protective for cardiovascular disease. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher American Public Health Association en_US
dc.subject Irish diaspora (United States) en_US
dc.subject Cardiovascular disease en_US
dc.subject Health Promotion en_US
dc.title Hurling Alone? How social capital failed to save the Irish from cardiovascular disease in the United States en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.local.publishedsource http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1448607/ en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.funder Fulbright Commission en_US
dc.contributor.funder Robert Wood Johnson Investigators in Health Policy Research Program en_US

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