Diversity among Latinos: Implications for research

The APA journal, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, just published Monica Sanchez’s research investigating the mental health needs and healthcare experiences of immigrant Latinos, Puerto Ricans, and Brazilians in Massachusetts. You can find this paper here. Monica’s study highlights the importance of attending to diversity within the Latino community. In particular, the Puerto Rican participants endorsed higher rates of depression and anxiety, as well as higher rates of treatment seeking, than either the immigrant Latinos or the Brazilians. Interestingly, acculturation seemed to work differently in the three groups, as acculturation was positively associated with treatment-seeking for Brazilians but not for the Puerto Ricans. Nice job, Monica!

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