Characterizing fatigue: The effects of ethnicity and acculturation

Cordero, Elizabeth D., Loredo, Jose S., Murray, Kate E., & Dimsdale, Joel E. (2012) Characterizing fatigue: The effects of ethnicity and acculturation. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 17(1), pp. 59-78.

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It is unknown if fatigue measures like the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory-Short Form (MFSI-SF; Stein, Jacobsen, Blanchard, & Thors, 2004) appropriately describe fatigue in Hispanics or if acculturation plays a role in fatigue. This study compared fatigue in community samples of Hispanics and Anglos. The MFSI-SF and pertinent questionnaires were administered to adults in San Diego County via telephone survey. Some differences in fatigue were observed in initial comparisons between Hispanics and Anglos, including when acculturation was considered. When age and education were controlled, Hispanics reported less general fatigue than Anglos, regardless of acculturation status, p = < .01. Exploratory factor analyses indicate that the MFSI-SF general-fatigue subscale was problematic for Hispanics. Implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed.

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ID Code: 87386
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-9861.2012.00077.x
ISSN: 1751-9861
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Multicultural Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright Wiley Periodicals Inc. 2012
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2015 00:12
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015 02:50

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