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ERIC Number: EJ762177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
Internalizing Symptoms in Latinos: The Role of Anxiety Sensitivity
Varela, R. Enrique; Weems, Carl F.; Berman, Steven L.; Hensley, Lauren; de Bernal, Maria Clara Rodriguez
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v36 n4 p429-440 May 2007
Latin American youth in the United States tend to report more internalizing symptoms than white non-Latino youth, yet little is known about the factors that may contribute to such differences. The present study examined the role that anxiety sensitivity, gender, and ethnic minority status may play in the expression of internalizing symptoms across Latin American adolescents (n = 116) and white non-Latino adolescents (n = 72) in the United States and Colombian adolescents in Colombia (n = 163). Results provide evidence that because fear of anxiety related phenomena and physiological symptoms of anxiety in particular may be normative in Latino culture anxiety sensitivity does not amplify somatic complaints for Latin American and Colombian youth as it does for white non-Latino youth. Results further suggest that anxiety sensitivity and being female predicted anxiety and depressive symptoms independent of cultural background. Implications of the findings to our understanding of cultural variability in internalizing symptoms are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia; United States