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Child Dev. 2015 May-Jun;86(3):709-25. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12343. Epub 2015 Feb 11.

Discrimination-related stress effects on the development of internalizing symptoms among Latino adolescents.

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1
New York University.
2
CUNY.

Abstract

This three-wave longitudinal study of 173 Latino adolescents (M = 16.16 years, SD = 0.65) is designed to understand the role of discrimination-related stress in mental health trajectories during middle to late adolescence with attention to differences due to immigration status. The results of the growth curve analysis showed that anxious-depressed, withdrawn-depressed, and somatic complaints significantly decreased over time. Furthermore, although discrimination-related stress was found to be significantly related to the trajectories of three types of mental health symptoms, the results revealed that immigration status moderated these relations such that discrimination-related stress was significantly related to these outcomes for Latino youth whose parents were born in the United States, while this relation was not significant for Latino children of immigrants.

PMID:
25676605
DOI:
10.1111/cdev.12343
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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