Discrimination and mental health among Latinos: variation by place of origin.

Journal of mental health (Abingdon, England)

PubMedID: 27494663

Held ML, Lee S. Discrimination and mental health among Latinos: variation by place of origin. J Ment Health. 2016;1-6.
The US Latino population experiences high rates of discrimination, which may contribute to psychiatric disorders. Yet, little is known about the distinctions in this relationship for Latino subgroups. Using data from the National Latino and Asian American study, we examined the association between discrimination and mental health for 2503 Latinos. Logistic regression analyses were used to examine variation in the relationship by place of origin (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, or Other). RESULTS
suggest that perceived discrimination increased the probability of having a psychiatric disorder.The effect of discrimination on having a psychiatric disorder was greater for Mexicans than Puerto Ricans. The findings of this study suggest that variation exists in the relationship between discrimination and mental health by origin.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE
include increasing awareness of place of origin, in addition to discrimination, as a risk factor for mental illness.Future research should examine this relationship longitudinally and consider immigration status.