The Impact of Low Socioeconomic Status and Perceived Discrimination on Parental Perceptions of the Well-Being of Latino Children

David Becerra, Maria A. Gurrola, M. Alex Wagaman

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Abstract

This exploratory study examined the impact of low socioeconomic status (SES) and perceived discrimination on Latino parents’ perceptions of their children’s mental health issues. Anti-immigrant policies and negative public discourse lead to perceived discrimination among Latinos, which may impact mental health. Participants (106), surveyed in 2011, were Latino, predominantly female, had a mean of 14 years living in the United States, and less than 9 years of education. The results of multivariate ordinary-least-squares regressions indicated that participants with lower levels of SES had significantly greater (p <.05) perceptions that their children were angry, had separation anxiety from parents, were fearful, and avoided social situations. Higher levels of perceived discrimination were significantly related (p <.05) to participants’ perceptions of fear among their children. Social service providers must assess for possible mental health issues and develop culturally appropriate intervention strategies to effectively address these issues with parents and children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)790-800
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Volume25
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 17 2015

Keywords

  • Latino
  • children
  • immigration
  • mental health
  • perceived discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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