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Latino vs Non-Hispanic Parents’ Depressive Symptoms

J Affect Disord; ePub 2017 Oct 30; De Luca, et al

Latino parents reported more depressive symptoms (46%) than non-Hispanic parents (27%), according to the first study to examine young Latino adolescents’ self-reported closeness with both their mother and father. Based on data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (n=3,956 families), a 3-step latent class analysis examined the association of self-reported parental depressive symptoms and their children's perceived levels of closeness and openness to communicate with their parents over 9 years. Researchers found:

  • Latino parents reported 4 different depressive patterns, while non-Hispanic parents were more diversified and had 6 patterns in terms of latent class analysis.
  • Latinos reported episodic symptoms, while non-Hispanic parents were more likely to report chronic depressive symptoms over time.
  • Regardless of race/ethnicity, parental depressive symptoms negatively affected their children's reported level of parental closeness and openness to communicate with mothers and fathers.

Citation:

De Luca SM, Yuegi Y, DiCorcia D, Padilla Y. A longitudinal study of Latino and non-Hispanic mothers’ and fathers’ depressive symptoms and its association with parent-child communication. [Published online ahead of print October 30, 2017]. J Affect Disord. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.10.046.

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