“Life grows between the rocks”: Latino adolescents' and parents' perspectives on mental health stressors†
Article first published online: 23 JAN 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 148–162, April 2009
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Garcia, C. and Lindgren, S. (2009), “Life grows between the rocks”: Latino adolescents' and parents' perspectives on mental health stressors. Res. Nurs. Health, 32: 148–162. doi: 10.1002/nur.20317
Thank you to the adolescents and parents willing to share their stories and experiences. Thank you to those who offered thoughtful peer review of earlier manuscript drafts. Dr. Garcia acknowledges the financial support of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society to conduct this study and of the Katherine J. Densford Center for Nursing Leadership at the University of Minnesota (Director: Joanne Disch).
- Issue published online: 3 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 23 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 DEC 2008
- focus groups;
- mental health
Latino adolescents, an increasingly larger proportion of youth in the US, are at special risk for mental health problems, including depression and suicidal ideation. Little is known about the meaning of mental health stressors for Latino adolescents and their parents. We conducted a descriptive study to elicit Latino adolescents' and parents' perspectives regarding mental health stressors as a basis for future preventive interventions. Eight focus groups were conducted with 53 Latino participants, 2 per sub-group (boys, girls, mothers, fathers). Three categories of mental health stressors included discrimination, immigration, and familial disconnection. Findings support the need for collaborative interventions and multi-level strategies (individual, family, and community) to address stressors in Latino adolescents' experiences. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 32:148–162, 2009