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According to GW Study, Latino Parents Report High Levels of Psychological Distress Due to U.S. Immigration Policies

A new report published in the Journal of Adolescent Health says that the recent changes in U.S. immigration policy have triggered serious psychological distress for many Latino parents, including those living in the United States legally.

[Photo: Dr. Kathleen Roche]

The study, by researchers at George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), is one of the first to look at how the 2017 U.S. immigration policies are affecting Latino parents — and by extension their teenage children.

“A substantial proportion of Latino parents reported that they are avoiding authorities, warning their children to change their routines and worrying about the future due to recent U.S. immigration policies and news,” said lead author Dr. Kathleen Roche, an associate professor of prevention and community health at Milken Institute SPH. “Parents experiencing these kinds of immigration-related consequences also appear to be at a very high risk of anxiety, depression, and other forms of distress.”

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