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

We are studying the impact of various stressors as well as protective factors that operate on the well-being of Mexican-origin youths and their families. Specifically, we are examining the effects of discrimination as well as family support on the mental health of Mexican-origin youths. We seek to:1) explore underlying mechanisms that explain how and why discrimination could be linked with mental health outcomes, and 2) identify specific factors at multiple ecological levels that protect Latinx youth from the adverse effects of discrimination on their mental health. Ultimately, our long-term goal is to improve the mental health of Mexican-origin youth by reducing the harmful effects of racism and discrimination.

Research Overview

Why it is important?

• Few longitudinal studies have explored these underlying mechanisms that explain how and why discrimination is linked with mental health
• We need a better understanding of what factors can protect Latinx youths from the adverse effects of discrimination on their mental health
• Findings can aid in the development of targeted, culturally sensitive preventive interventions
 

Funded By

National Institute of Health (NIH)

Age Group

  • Adolescents
  • Adults

Investigators

  • 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 

 

 

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Research Impact

Why it is important?

  • Few longitudinal studies have explored these underlying mechanisms that explain how and why discrimination is linked with mental health.
  • We need a better understanding of what factors can protect Latinx youths from the adverse effects of discrimination on their mental health
  • Findings can aid in the development