Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Acculturation Stress and Ethnic Discrimination among Latinx Adolescent Clients in the Current Political Climate: A Qualitative Study of Mental Health Clinicians’ Perspectives
by Santos, Jennifer, Psy.D., College of Saint Elizabeth, 2019, 98; 27548153
Abstract (Summary)

The focus of this study was to examine how clinicians conceptualized acculturation and societal stressors, such as discrimination among Latinx adolescent clients. This qualitative investigation of clinicians sought to understand the experiences of their work with Latinx adolescent clients in the current political and social climate. The primary participants were nineteen clinicians who responded to a web-based survey. Through thematic analysis, various themes emerged, including clinicians’ observation of pervasive ethnic/racial discrimination and negative valenced emotions such as anger, fear, and anxiety in their clients. Other themes included clinicians’ observations of Latinx adolescents’ acculturative stress and cultural pressures to maintain connection with their family traditions. Clinicians reported an overreliance on social media use among Latinx adolescents, particularly with the increased reporting of deportations among the Latinx community. The findings were discussed in the context of the current political climate. Implications for future directions and limitations were addressed in chapter six of this document.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Scott, Valerie
Commitee: Bland, Chloe, Dunn, Marianne
School: College of Saint Elizabeth
Department: Psychology Department
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-A 81/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Psychology, Multicultural Education, Mental health, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Cultural competency, Immigrant youth, Latinx adolescent health, Mental health clinicians, Social justice, Social media
Publication Number: 27548153
ISBN: 9781392418284
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