Neurocognitive function among middle-aged and older hispanic/latinos: Results from the hispanic community health study/study of latinos

Hector M. González*, Wassim Tarraf, Natalia Gouskova, Linda C. Gallo, Frank J. Penedo, Sonia M. Davis, Richard B. Lipton, William Argüelles, James P. Choca, Diane J. Catellier, Thomas H. Mosley

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We sought to examine and describe neurocognitive function among middle-aged and older Hispanic/Latino Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) participants. We analyzed baseline cross-sectional data from the middle-aged and older (ages 45-74 years old) participants (n = 9,063) to calculate neurocognitive function scores and their correlates. Older age and higher depressive symptoms scores were associated with lower average neurocognitive performance, whereas greater educational attainment and household income were associated with higher neurocognitive performance. Hispanic/Latino heritage groups significantly varied in neurocognitive performances. Some neurocognitive differences between Hispanics/Latinos were maintained after controlling for language preference, education, household income, and depressive symptoms. We found notable differences in neurocognitive scores between Hispanic/Latino heritage groups that were not fully explained by the cultural and socioeconomic correlates examined in this study. Further investigations into plausible biological and environmental factors contributing to the Hispanic/Latino heritage group differences in neurocognitive found in the HCHS/SOL are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-77
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Cognitive function
  • Epidemiology
  • Hispanic/Latinos
  • Hispanics
  • Latinos
  • Neurocognitive function
  • Neuroepidemiology
  • Neuropsychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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