Perceived ethnic and language-based discrimination and Latina immigrant women's health

May Ling Halim, Keith H. Moy, Hirokazu Yoshikawa

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Perceiving ethnic discrimination can have aversive consequences for health. However, little is known about whether perceiving language-based (how one speaks a second language) discrimination poses the same risks. This study examined whether perceptions of language-based and ethnic discrimination are associated with mental and physical health. Among 132 Mexican and Dominican immigrant women, perceiving ethnic and language-based discrimination each predicted psychological distress and poorer physical health. When examined together, only ethnic discrimination remained a significant predictor. These results emphasize the importance of understanding how perceived ethnic and language-based discrimination play an integral role in the health of Latina immigrant women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-78
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of health psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • culture
  • ethnicity
  • psychological distress
  • racism
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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