Cultural stressors experienced by young Latinas with depressive symptoms living in a tumultuous sociopolitical climate in the United States

Allison Mc Cord Stafford, Silvia M. Bigatti, Claire Burke Draucker

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The purpose of this study is to describe the cultural stressors experienced by Latina young women with depressive symptoms from 2016 to 2018 in the United States. Twenty-four Latina young women (mean age = 16.7 years) participated in this qualitative descriptive study. Content analysis of interviews revealed four cultural stressors: Parental oversight, pressure to succeed, being treated differently, and fears of deportation. Experiences with cultural stressors varied across generational status. Clinicians should provide Latina young women with a safe space for discussing cultural stressors, assess how they are managing their stress, and advocate for policies that will benefit the well-being of Latina young women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-42
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of psychiatric nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2019



  • Adolescent
  • Culture
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Stress
  • Young adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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