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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