The Impact of Social Contexts on Latinx Students' Health and Education Outcomes: Family and Cultural Factors

The Caminos Translational Project will review results from the Caminos Research Study and translate key findings for numerous stakeholder groups that would benefit from increased awareness of outcomes associated with this research. The goal of this project is to increase awareness of the unique experiences of Latino youth and families, including the risk/protective factors and contextual variables, associated with the emotional well-being and academic success of participants in the research study. A total of four factsheets and 1 booklet resulted from this initiative. 

The Caminos Research Study examines how stressors and supports in youth’s social environments shape family functioning and a range of indicators of adolescent health and well-being. Adolescents’ mental health outcomes are measured by internalizing symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety) and externalizing symptoms (e.g., conduct disorder, aggression, rule-breaking). Other adolescent outcomes include substance use, prosocial behaviors, and grade point average. Stressors examined include ethnic discrimination, COVID-19, and immigration threats. Supports examined include teacher, peer, and parent support. Additional factors assessed include traditional Latino cultural values as well as cultural gaps between parents and their children and between parents and the school. 

June 19, 2023
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