A longitudinal examination of perceived racial/ethnic discrimination, public ethnic regard and depressive symptoms in Latino youth

Gabriela Levas Stein, Laura Taylor, Andrea Kulish, Laura Gonzalez

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Abstract

This longitudinal study examined the role of perceived racial/ethnic discrimination and public ethnic regard on depressive symptoms in an adolescent Latino sample (n=141) living in an emerging immigrant community. Using a cross lagged model, this study found that Time 1 discrimination did not predict Time 2 depressive symptoms, nor vice versa. However, public ethnic regard served as a significant moderator of the longitudinal association of discrimination. For youth who reported high public ethnic regard and high racial/ethnic discrimination at Time 1, they reported greater discrimination at Time 2 compared to those who reported low public ethnic regard. These findings suggest that an internalized positive perception of the public’s view of one’s ethnic group is a potential vulnerability factor that needs to be better understood. These findings imply the need for additional research on the unique role of public ethnic regard in emerging immigrant communities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Early online date14 Sep 2017
Publication statusEarly online date - 14 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • Latino
  • depression
  • discrimination
  • ethnic identity
  • youth

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