The impact of bicultural stress on Mexican American adolescents’ depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation: Gender matters

Brandy Watson, Marianela Dornhecker, Samantha R. Salinas

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Objectives: The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of bicultural stress and gender on the depression and suicidal ideation of Mexican American adolescents. Methods: Participants were 516 Mexican American adolescents in a midsized South Texas city. Hierarchical linear and logistic regressions were performed to determine the affect of gender, bicultural stressors, and the interaction of the two on depressive symptoms suicidal ideation. Results: Results indicate gender moderates the effect of several bicultural stressors on mental health outcomes, with boys being more impacted by high levels of stress in areas when interaction effects were present. Conclusion: A discussion of the results is framed within the intersection of ethnicity, gender role socialization and developmental stage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-364
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavior Sciences
StatePublished - 2015


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