Approximately 14 million children and adolescents in the United States are immigrants or have immigrant parents. The population of children and adolescents in immigrant families grew by almost 50% during the 1990s, almost seven times faster than the population of children with US-born parents. The majority of adolescents in immigrant families are of Hispanic or Asian origin, but a growing population of immigrant adolescents includes recently arrived refugees from Eastern Europe and Africa. Adolescents in immigrant families are more likely than native-born adolescents to be poor, live in crowded houses, to be uninsured, to lack a usual source for health care, and to be in fair or poor health.
In 2007, 34.3% of the US Latino population was comprised of individuals under the age of 18. Latino immigrant adolescent health is often influenced by factors including language/cultural barriers and lack of access to preventive health care and health insurance. Some of the leading causes of...
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