The Role of Family Social Networks in Cardiovascular Health Behaviors Among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

Emily L. Lam, Namratha R. Kandula, Nilay S. Shah*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Asian American, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islander (AANHPI) populations experience significant disparities in cardiovascular health. AANHPI populations also have strong, family-centered social relationships and networks. Since social networks may influence health behaviors, this review aimed to summarize research on the relationship between family social networks and cardiovascular health behaviors among AANHPI individuals. Current evidence suggests that family social network structures may play a particularly important role in smoking, dietary pattern, and physical activity behaviors among AANHPI individuals. Family networks may hinder or promote healthy behaviors through several social network mechanisms including social support, social influence, and social control. These effects vary across different AANHPI subgroups. Recommendations for future research on the role of social networks in health behaviors among AANHPI individuals are provided. Drawing on methodological advances and interventions that leverage social networks in AANHPI populations may be an avenue to improve health and reduce disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2588-2599
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2023

Keywords

  • Asian American
  • Dietary pattern
  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
  • Physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Social network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Anthropology
  • Health Policy
  • Sociology and Political Science

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