Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Psychological Distress Among Latino Veterans: A Quantitative Study
by Mayorga, Yessenia, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 46; 10751584
Abstract (Summary)

This study used secondary data from the 2016 California Health Interview Survey database to examine the relationship between the following variables: gender, age, socioeconomic status, education, diabetes, blood pressure, heart condition, social support, social impairment, and psychological distress. The sample consisted of 235 Latino adults who identified themselves as veterans. This study found that Latino veterans who were poor were more likely to experience psychological distress. Moreover, Latino veterans who were 55 years old and younger experienced more psychological distress than those older than 60 years of age. The study also found that Latino veterans with a disability (physical/mental/emotional) experienced more psychological distress than those who did not report a disability. Additionally, Latino veterans who reported being single and having no children also had a higher chance of experiencing psychological distress. Lastly, this study found that Latino veterans who reported under the federal poverty line had a greater chance of experiencing psychological distress than their counterparts who were above the federal poverty line.

As Social Workers it is important to become aware of psychological distress among veterans, especially the Latino and Hispanic population. It is important to understand the contributing factors associated with psychological distress and how it affects and manifest itself within the Latino veteran population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santhiveeran, Janaki
Commitee: Kim, Mimi, Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work
Keywords: Latinos/as, Psychological distress, Veterans
Publication Number: 10751584
ISBN: 978-0-355-86346-8
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