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Public Health Rep. 2010 Jan-Feb;125(1):61-7.

Discrimination and mental health problems among homeless minority young people.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Center for Community Health, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We examined the associations among perceived discrimination, racial/ethnic identification, and emotional distress in newly homeless adolescents.

METHODS:

We assessed a sample of newly homeless adolescents (n=254) in Los Angeles, California, with measures of perceived discrimination and racial/ethnic identification. We assessed emotional distress using the Brief Symptom Inventory and used multivariate linear regression modeling to gauge the impact of discrimination and racial identity on emotional distress.

RESULTS:

Controlling for race and immigration status, gender, and age, young people with a greater sense of ethnic identification experienced less emotional distress. Young people with a history of racial/ethnic discrimination experienced more emotional distress.

CONCLUSION:

Intervention programs that contextualize discrimination and enhance racial/ethnic identification and pride among homeless young people are needed.

PMID:
20402197
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PMCID:
PMC2789817
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