Jones's research focuses on the residential and neighborhood context in which individuals live as a way to understand health disparities among marginalized populations.
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Considers the ways in which neighbourhood perceptions can differentially affect residential mobility, particularly in low-income areas. The results show that perceptions of neighbourhood context matter more than the actual neighbourhood setting. These findings highlight the continued importance of subjective rather than objective measures of neighbourhood conditions in understanding residential mobility.
Uses Latin American data to test whether adult socioeconomic disadvantage, net of childhood socioeconomic disadvantage, is associated with being diagnosed with hypertension and experiencing a heart attack. Findings indicate that while adult socioeconomic status is positively associated with cardiovascular illness in the region overall, this relationship is negative in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
Examines how segregation and socioeconomic status (individual and metropolitan) impact hypertension for a sample of 200,102 individuals; finds that socioeconomic status has differential effects across segregation types and that hypertension in disadvantaged (extremely hypersegregated) areas man be a function of structural constraints rather than socioeconomic position.
Uses prospective data from a cohort of elderly Hispanics to explore how first-, second- and 1.5-generation Latinos differ in their levels and trajectories of disability.
Explores differences in who smokes (smoker type) and exposure to smoking (pack-years) between Canada and the U.S. Argues that if countries want to focus on limiting the number of new cases of smokers, the target population is different from the target population that should be used if countries are interested in converting smokers into non-smokers.
Suggests that a history of cohabitation, plans of marriage, and education may help explain the divergent divorce patterns of interracial and same-race unions. Subsequent analyses by racial union pairing suggest that Black men with White women and Latino men with Black women have significantly high risks of divorce.
Attempts to test the relationship between racial attitudes toward Blacks and attitudes toward civil rights, and to find predictors of positive civil rights attitudes. Finds that political party identification, age, gender, racial identification, and region of residence are all significant predictors of positive civil rights attitudes.