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Environmental Risks, Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal Axis, and Mental Health Symptomatology in Mexican American Youth: A Two-study Approach


Abstract In this dissertation Mexican American (MA) youths environmental risk contexts, HPA axis functioning and mental health symptomatology were investigated in two separate studies. In the first study, environmental risk contexts were examined utilizing a person-centered approach and focusing on MA adolescents' family, peer, and cultural risk factors in fifth grade (N = 750). Environmental contexts were then linked to mental health symptomatology in seventh grade. Results revealed three distinct environmental contexts: Low risk, Moderate risk-language, and High risk-peer. Youth in the High-risk peer context reported the highest levels of symptomatology; greater major depressive disorder (MDD), anxiety, conduct disorder (CD)/oppositional defia... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Zeiders, Katharine Hunsdon (Author) / Roosa, Mark W. (Advisor) / Doane, Leah D. (Committee member) / Dumka, Larry (Committee member) / Enders, Craig E. (Committee member) / Updegraff, Kimberly A. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Individual & Family Studies
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 97 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Family and Human Development 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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