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Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research 5/2016

01-05-2016 | Brief Communication

Language bias and self-rated health status among the Latino population: evidence of the influence of translation in a wording experiment

Auteurs: Gabriel R. Sanchez, Edward D. Vargas

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 5/2016

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Abstract

Purpose

This research uses a translation experiment to assess the Spanish translation of the “fair” response in the self-rated health measure among a representative study of the Latino population in the USA.

Methods

Using a unique Latino-specific survey (n = 1200), researchers built in a split sample approach in the self-rated health status measure where half of the Spanish-speaking respondents (n = 600) were randomly given “regular” and the other half were given “Mas o Menos” in translating the English “fair” response. We first estimate a logistic regression model to estimate differences across language categories on the probability of reporting poor and fair health and then estimate a multinomial logistic regression to test whether respondents who took the survey in Spanish and given “regular” are more likely to rate their health as fair compared to English speakers and Spanish-speaking respondents who are given the “Mas o Menos” version.

Results

From our logistic regression model, we find that Spanish-speaking respondents given the “regular” response are more likely to report poor health relative to English-speaking respondents and Spanish-speaking respondents who were randomly given “Mas o Menos.” The results from our multinomial logistic models suggest that Spanish respondents provided with “Mas o Menos” are more likely to rate their health as good relative to the base category of fair and relative to both English and Spanish speakers given “regular.

Conclusion

This research informs the study of racial and ethnic disparities by providing a detailed explanation for mixed findings in the Latino health disparities literature. Researchers interested in self-rated health should translate the general self-rated health option “fair” to “Mas o Menos” as our wording experiment suggests that the current wording “regular” overinflates the reporting of poor health.

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Metagegevens
Titel
Language bias and self-rated health status among the Latino population: evidence of the influence of translation in a wording experiment
Auteurs
Gabriel R. Sanchez
Edward D. Vargas
Publicatiedatum
01-05-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer International Publishing
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 5/2016
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-015-1147-8