The Mediating Effects of Perceived Discrimination and Acculturative Stress on the Relationship between Latino Mental Health and Treatment Seeking

Donna M Dopwell, Fordham University

Abstract

Background and Significance: Both discrimination and acculturative stress relate to mental health and treatment seeking for the Latino population. We do not yet understand the nature of such relationships. Research Question: Does discrimination or acculturative stress mediate the relationship between mental health and treatment seeking among Latinos?^ Methods: A secondary analysis examined 2001-2003 data from the Latino sample of the National Latino and Asian American Study. Descriptive and bivariate analyses were conducted to determine relationships. The final step was a mediation analysis, assuming relationship between potential mediators and mental health and treatment seeking.^ Findings: The sample size for the current study was 638. A relationship was found between mental health and treatment seeking. Neither potential mediator was related to the main effects variables. No mediation analysis was completed.^ Conclusions: Nonsignificant findings precluded mediation analysis. Possible somatization of symptoms and health-related discrimination and acculturative stress were not examined.^

Subject Area

Social research|Mental health|Social work

Recommended Citation

Dopwell, Donna M, "The Mediating Effects of Perceived Discrimination and Acculturative Stress on the Relationship between Latino Mental Health and Treatment Seeking" (2017). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10278361.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI10278361

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