Hispanic Immigrant Youth and Internalizing Behaviors

Examining the Links with Neighborhood Context

by Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Yange Xue, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

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Using longitudinal data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, this study examined links between Hispanic adolescent's internalizing behaviors and neighborhood characteristics. The sample included 1,040 (aged 9 to 17) Hispanic immigrant youth identified as first-, second- and third-generation. Results indicated that first-generation youth had significantly higher internalizing behaviors compared to third-generation adolescents, even after controlling for family characteristics and Wave 1 internalizing behavior scores. The results also showed that Hispanic youth living in neighborhoods that had higher residential stability had higher levels of internalizing behavior problems compared to first- and third-generation youth living in similar neighborhoods.

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