Race and skin color in latino health: An analytic review

Adolfo G. Cuevas, Beverly Araujo Dawson, David R. Williams

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We examined 22 articles to compare Black Latinos/as' with White Latinos/as' health and highlight findings and limitations in the literature. We searched 1153 abstracts, from the earliest on record to those available in 2016. We organized the articles into domains grounded on a framework that incorporates the effects of race on Latinos/as' health and well-being: health and wellbeing, immigration, psychosocial factors, and contextual factors. Most studies in this area are limited by self-reported measures of health status, inconsistent use of race and skin color measures, and omission of a wider range of immigration-related and contextual factors. We give recommendations for future research to explain the complexity in the Latino/a population regarding race, and we provide insight into Black Latinos/as experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2131-2136
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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