Acculturative Stress, Psychological Flexibility, and Cardiovascular Health Behaviors Among Second Generation Arab Americans in the Greater Washington DC Region



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Arab Americans are under-represented in cardiovascular (CV) research, but recent evidence reveals they are at disproportionate risk for poor CV health behaviors when compared to the overall United States of America population. The proposed study is designed to measure the impact of two factors, acculturative stress and psychological flexibility, on CV health behaviors among second generation Arab Americans in the Greater Washington DC region. The outcome variable will be measured using the CV Health Behaviors Questionnaire adapted from the American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7 (LSS). Participants will be recruited from five local churches and mosques and George Mason University where Arab Americans attend. The expected sample size (~300) is based upon a power analysis. Correlational and multivariate analyses will be performed.