Associations of ethnic discrimination with symptoms of anxiety and depression among Hispanic emerging adults: a moderated mediation model

Miguel Ángel Cano, Yessenia Castro, Marcel A. de Dios, Seth J Schwartz, Elma I. Lorenzo-Blanco, Angelica M. Roncancio, Marcos J. Martinez, Diana M. Sheehan, Rehab Auf, Brandy Piña-Watson, Que Lam Huynh, Byron L. Zamboanga

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Abstract

Background and Objectives: Emerging adulthood is often marked with elevated symptoms of anxiety and depression. Hispanic emerging adults may face cultural stressors such as ethnic discrimination that further increase levels of anxiety and depression symptoms. The study aims were to examine if (a) self-esteem mediated effects of ethnic discrimination on symptoms of anxiety and depression, and (b) if gender moderated the indirect effects of discrimination. Design: The study design was cross-sectional self-report. Method: Two moderated mediation models were tested, with 1084 Hispanic emerging adults (ages 18–25) enrolled in institutions of post-secondary in the United States. Results: Results indicated that (a) higher ethnic discrimination was associated with higher anxiety symptoms (β = .05, p = .04), higher depression symptoms (β = .06, p = .02), and lower self-esteem (β = −.30, p 

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAnxiety, Stress and Coping
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Mar 15 2016

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • emerging adults
  • ethnic discrimination
  • Hispanics
  • self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    Cano, M. Á., Castro, Y., de Dios, M. A., Schwartz, S. J., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Roncancio, A. M., Martinez, M. J., Sheehan, D. M., Auf, R., Piña-Watson, B., Huynh, Q. L., & Zamboanga, B. L. (Accepted/In press). Associations of ethnic discrimination with symptoms of anxiety and depression among Hispanic emerging adults: a moderated mediation model. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2016.1157170