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Psychological Distress among Latino Adolescents: Exploring the Impact of School, Neighborhood Attachment, and Cultural Factors
by Claros, Jennifer A., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 48; 13813234
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine factors that contribute to the psychological distress of Latino adolescents. Secondary data were utilized from the California Health Survey conducted 2017-2018. Variables used for this study to investigate psychological distress in Latino adolescent were school, neighborhood attachment, and culture. The study used t-test, one-way anova, and correlations to determine statistical significance of the variables. The results revealed that parenting practices, community safety, school support, and attendance were protective factors for psychological distress for Latino adolescents. Also, among these findings Latinas exposure rate to psychological distress compared to Latino adolescents was higher. These results may be beneficial for future research aimed at developing intervention and programs that attempt to service Latino youth. Understanding the needs and structures in which Latinos live in provide mental health professionals tools that can increase the success of their clients.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santhiveeran, Janaki
Commitee: Kim, Mimi, Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Culture, Latino, Mental health, Neighborhood, Psychological distress, School
Publication Number: 13813234
ISBN: 9781085570077
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