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Integrating Biomarkers into Research with Latino Immigrants in the United States

Author(s): Heather H. McClure | J. Josh Snodgrass | Charles R. Martinez. Jr. | J. Mark Eddy | Thomas W. McDade | Melanie J. Hyers | Anne Johnstone-Díaz

Journal: Advances in Anthropology
ISSN 2163-9353

Volume: 03;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 112;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Biomarker | Latino | Immigrant | Psychosocial Stress

Despite extensive research into the toll of persistent psychosocial stress on individual physiology and health, little is known about the effects of chronic biosocial stress for immigrant populations. In the present paper, the authors review challenges encountered when integrating minimally-invasive stress-related biomarkers (e.g., blood pressure, Epstein-Barr Virus [EBV] antibodies, C-reactive protein [CRP], and salivary cortisol), as well as anthropometric (e.g., height, weight, waist circumference) and metabolic measures (e.g., glucose, cholesterol), into research with Latino immigrant adults and families in Oregon, USA. Finally, the authors present lessons learned and discuss strategies to support the full engagement of Latino immigrants as participants in studies that rely on the collection of biological data as a central component of research into psychosocial stress and its effects.
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