Cultural Stressors and Depressive Symptoms in Latino/a Adolescents: An Integrative Review

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Latino/a adolescents experience higher levels of depressive symptoms than Caucasian and African American adolescents. Many studies found that cultural stressors contribute to this disparity, but these findings have not been integrated into a cohesive picture of the specific cultural stressors that contribute to the development of depressive symptoms for Latino/a adolescents. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this integrative review is to identify cultural stressors that are associated with depressive symptoms in Latino/a adolescents. DESIGN: Procedures outlined by Ganong were used to conduct the review. The results of 33 articles that met inclusion criteria were synthesized. RESULTS: Discrimination, family culture conflict, acculturative and bicultural stress, intragroup rejection, immigration stress, and context of reception were identified as cultural stressors that are associated with depressive symptoms in Latino/a adolescents. CONCLUSIONS: Clinicians should employ strategies to help Latino/a youth cope with cultural stressors and advocate for policies that support the mental health of Latino/a youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-65
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • adolescent
  • and cross-cultural issues
  • depression
  • minorities
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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