Assessing diversity among Latinos: Results from the NLAAS

Peter J. Guarnaccia, Igda Martínez Pincay, Alegŕa Margarita, Patrick E. Shrout, Roberto Lewis-Fernaídez, Glorisa J. Canino

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This article provides a profile of a range of important variables for assessing diversity among different Latino groups from the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS). The NLAAS is a nationally representative study of the mental health needs and mental health services use of the Latino population of the United States. The NLAAS employs a stratified area probability sampling design. There are 2,554 respondents in the Latino portion of the NLAAS. The article demonstrates through a detailed presentation of a wide range of variables the diverse experiences of Latino groups in their encounters with U.S. culture. Language use and migration experiences show considerable variability within and across Latino groups and are promising areas for analysis of their mental health consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-534
Number of pages25
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Acculturation
  • Diversity
  • Latinos
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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