Ethnic density effects on psychological distress among Latino ethnic groups: an examination of hypothesized pathways

Bécares, Laia (2014) Ethnic density effects on psychological distress among Latino ethnic groups: an examination of hypothesized pathways. Health & Place, 30. pp. 177-186. ISSN 1353-8292

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Abstract

Studies among US Latinos provide the most consistent evidence of ethnic density effects. However, most studies conducted to date have focused on Mexican Americans, and it is not clear whether ethnic density effects differ across Latino sub-groups, generational status, or measures of ethnic density. In addition, the mechanisms behind ethnic density are not well understood. This study uses a multi-group structural equation modeling approach to analyze the Latino sample from the National Latino and Asian-American Study (n¼1940) and examine ethnic density effects on psychological distress among Latino sub-groups, and explore two hypothesized mechanisms: increased neighborhood cohesion and reduced exposure to interpersonal racism. Results of the main effects between ethnic density and health, and of the hypothesized mechanisms, show clear differences across Latino ethnic groups, generational categories and measures of ethnic density. Findings highlight that ethnic density effects and their mechanisms depend on the current and historical context of Latino sub-groups, including reasons for migration and rights upon arrival.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2018 14:29
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 15:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/77569

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