Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics and University Honors
Latino, Hispanic, paradox, socioeconomic, phenomenon
The Latino/Hispanic paradox has left scholars and researchers puzzled as to how Latinos, despite facing socioeconomic challenges, show better health outcomes when compared to other racial/ethnic groups. The emergence of this phenomenon can be traced back to the 1980s/1990s when researchers first noticed Latinos in the United States having characteristics of lower mortality rates and improved health compared with non-Hispanic whites despite having a better socioeconomic status. Performing a literature review of scholars analyzing the past, present, and future of the Latino Paradox will thus allow for an understanding of its origin, current state, and the possible potential trajectories that will follow. This thesis aims to contribute to the scholarly discourse of the Latino paradox by acknowledging relevant factors contributing to the existence of the paradox while providing a relevant personal perspective as a Mexican-American.
Flores, Sheila, "The Past, Present, and Future of the Latino Paradox" (2023). University Honors Theses. Paper 1417.