Immigration policies and mental health: examining the relationship between immigration enforcement and depression, anxiety, and stress among Latino immigrants

David Becerra, Gladys Hernandez, Francisca Porchas, Jason Castillo, Van Nguyen, Raquel Perez González

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Abstract

Using a legal violence framework, this paper examines the relationship between current immigration policies and the mental health of Latino immigrants in Arizona. Data were drawn from a sample of adult Latino immigrants (n = 427) living in Arizona. Results indicated that participants who reported a greater personal suffering as a consequence of current immigration policies reported significantly higher symptoms of 1) depression, 2) anxiety, and 3) stress. In addition, participants who reported greater family suffering as a consequence of current immigration policies reported significantly higher symptoms of: 1) anxiety and 2) stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-59
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Volume29
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 3 2020

Keywords

  • Latinos
  • deportation
  • immigrants
  • immigration
  • mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education

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