Latina Child Stress

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This study looked at the stress and coping methods of stress for Latina youths, focusing mainly in the New Latin Destination of North Carolina. The authors refer to North Carolina as a NLD because it is a place where very few Latin people have settled before. The authors have found that children of Latin immigrants have worse mental health outcomes, due to stress, than their parents, and the outcomes are even worse when looking at Latin children in NLD’s. The study looked at the exposures and behavioral responses to stressors in Latin adolescents over a 4 year period. They aimed to describe the stressors that the adolescents experienced while entering and exiting high school, identify the stressors that the children used as buffers, to understand …show more content…

The table has four trajectories, protected, Americanized, resilient, and consumed. These trajectories are characterized by stressors that are caused by discrimination in the communities or schools, family obligations, and the legal status of the parents or children. The trajectories begin to change depending on the buffers that the child has. If the child has encouragement from their school or community, has a sense of belonging from their family, and self-esteem, the child is categorized as Americanized because they use the coping strategy of fitting in, and has an expected socioeconomic mobility of upwards. The same is true for the Protected trajectory, except their buffers include ethnic identity, and a coping strategy of seeking support. The resilient trajectory buffers include religious groups, belonging with the family, and ethnic identity and self-esteem, however this trajectory has an expected socioeconomic mobility of downward or flat, most likely because the coping strategy is finding meaning. The same expected socioeconomic mobility as resilient trajectory applies to the Consumes trajectory, who has buffers of deviant peers and romantic partners, non-family buffer and no individual buffer, and using a coping strategy of escaping. I think this table would be extremely beneficial spotting signs of …show more content…

This study looks into the patterns and coping skills that Latino adolescents use in North Carolina, which is “marked by low historical populations of Latinos and a rapid growth in these populations” (Brietzke & Perreira, 2016). The authors used qualitative interview data that had been collected by the Southern Immigrant Academic Adaptation study. The participants were from low-income backgrounds, other demographic background throughout the sample were heterogeneous. The interviews wewre conducted in, English, Spanish, or a mix of the two depending on the comfort level of the participants. The Authors identified four stress-coping trajectories. The trajectories were used in predicting expected socioeconomic mobility, which categorized “graduation from high school and/or having immediate plans to attend college as markers for upwards socioeconomic mobility, while dropping out of high school and having no immediate plans to attend college signaled the possibility of flat or downward socioeconomic mobility” (Brietzke & Perreira, 2016). The authors were able to demonstrate how the Stress Process Model could be used with the Ecological Perspective of Child Development to better understand how stressors and buffers affect the adaptation of immigrant youth in America. Overall, the authors found that Latino youth in new destinations faced

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