Hispanic adolescents suffer from high rates of psychological distress or depression in the United States and the literature shows that parental bonding or communication, healthcare access & utilization, and acculturation play a role in these rates. Yet, the possible predictive nature of these characteristics has not been thoroughly studied. The purpose of the present study was to identify key variables that will shed light on the problem of psychological distress in this population. Analysis was conducted on data from the California Health Interview Survey (2007) to understand the predictive relationships between Hispanic ethnicity and psychological distress in Hispanic adolescents in California. The hypothesis that acculturation was a predictive factor was supported, while general healthcare access and utilization were not predictive. While Hispanics adolescents have equal healthcare access and utilization according to the data, results show they do not receive services for psychological distress at equal rates. Practical solutions were discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Public health, Health care management|
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