Sept. 14, 2023
The 'Hispanic Paradox' intrigues a new generation of researchers determined to unravel it
Research led by University of Arizona professor of psychology John Ruiz examines the so-called "Hispanic paradox" – the tendency of people of Hispanic descent to have equal or even better outcomes across numerous health measures than other ethnic groups, even when accounting for socioeconomic status. In a paper published in 2020, Ruiz noted the paradox was global and not tied solely to immigration. In addition to Hispanics living in the U.S., people living in countries such as Nicaragua, Columbia, Cuba and Peru lived longer than whites in the U.S., possibly due to lower smoking rates and more cohesive social and family networks.