"Life grows between the rocks": Latino adolescents' and parents' perspectives on mental health stressors

Carolyn Garcia, Sandi Lindgren

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Abstract

Latino adolescents, an increasingly larger proportion of youth in the US, are at special risk for mental health problems, including depression and suicidal ideation. Little is known about the meaning of mental health stressors for Latino adolescents and their parents. We conducted a descriptive study to elicit Latino adolescents' and parents' perspectives regarding mental health stressors as a basis for future preventive interventions. Eight focus groups were conducted with 53 Latino participants, 2 per sub-group (boys, girls, mothers, fathers). Three categories of mental health stressors included discrimination, immigration, and familial disconnection. Findings support the need for collaborative interventions and multi-level strategies (individual, family, and community) to address stressors in Latino adolescents' experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-162
Number of pages15
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Focus groups
  • Latino
  • Mental health
  • Parents

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