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"Latino Youth Coping with Discrimination: A Multi-Level Investigation in Micro- and Macro-Time"

A study to learn how Mexican origin families with teens 12-15 cope with stress and discrimination.

Research Overview

The project's long term goal is to improve the mental health of Mexican-origin youth by reducing the deleterious effects of racism, “othering,” and negative neighborhood interactions. It aims to explore why and how discrimination-related stressors convey risk for negative mental health outcomes, and the mechanisms leading to or moderating such risk by evaluating specific malleable risk and protective factors at multiple ecological levels for Latinx youth.

Funded By

National Institute of Health (NIH)

Age Group

  • Adolescents
  • Adults


  • Kristin Valentino, Ph.D. 
  • Margarita Alegria, Ph.D. 
  • Lijuan Wang, Ph.D. 
  • Tiffany Yip, Ph.D.
  • Irene J.K. Park, Ph.D. 
  • Kiara Alvarez, Ph.D. 
  • Jenny Zhen-Duan, Ph.D. 
  • Mario Cruz-Gonzalez, Ph.D.
  • Sheri Lapatin Markle, MIA 




Research Impact

The proposed research seeks to answer three questions: First, what processes mediate the link between discrimination-related stressors and mental health outcomes? Second, what protective factors buffer the effects of these discrimination-related stressors on youth’s mental health? Third, how do parents’ discrimination-related stressors and neighborhood characteristics impact Latinx youth mental health?