Discrimination-Related Stress Effects on the Development of Internalizing Symptoms Among Latino Adolescents

Selcuk R. Sirin, Lauren Rogers-Sirin, Jessica Cressen, Taveeshi Gupta, Sammy F. Ahmed, Alfredo D. Novoa

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This three-wave longitudinal study of 173 Latino adolescents (M = 16.16 years, SD = 0.65) is designed to understand the role of discrimination-related stress in mental health trajectories during middle to late adolescence with attention to differences due to immigration status. The results of the growth curve analysis showed that anxious-depressed, withdrawn-depressed, and somatic complaints significantly decreased over time. Furthermore, although discrimination-related stress was found to be significantly related to the trajectories of three types of mental health symptoms, the results revealed that immigration status moderated these relations such that discrimination-related stress was significantly related to these outcomes for Latino youth whose parents were born in the United States, while this relation was not significant for Latino children of immigrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)709-725
Number of pages17
JournalChild development
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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