Latino family mental health: Exploring the role of discrimination and familismo

Cecilia Ayón, Flavio Marsiglia, Monica Bermudez-Parsai

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the role of discrimination and familismo on internalizing mental health symptoms among two generations of Latinos, youth and their parents, residing in the Southwest region of the United States. Data from the Latino Acculturation and Health Project was used to determine the direct and moderation effects of discrimination and familismo on internalizing mental health symptoms. The sample included 150 Latino youth-parent dyads who were immigrants or U.S. born. Descriptive results indicate that youth had significantly higher scores on the familismo scale whereas parents reported higher levels of perceived discrimination. Regression analyses results revealed direct effects of familismo and perceived discrimination on internalizing mental health symptoms. Implications for practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-756
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

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