Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Clinical and Population Health Research Program; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center
Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology | Race and Ethnicity
BACKGROUND: US Latinos report high levels of emotional distress. Having positive familial and friend social support buffers emotional distress among US Latinos, but thus far no research has been done on social support and ataque de nervios in that population, or on social strain and emotional distress.
METHODS: This paper assesses social support and strain across three relationship types (partner, family, and friends) with three measures of emotional distress (depression, anxiety, and ataque de nervios). The sample for partner, family, and friend support included 508 Latino adults 21 and older. Multivariate logistic regression models were used to assess the association of social support and strain with each outcome.
RESULTS: As all social support types increased, the odds of emotional distress symptoms decreased. Conversely, as each unit of partner and family strain increased, the odds of emotional distress symptoms increased. Increased friend strain was associated with greater odds of depressive and anxiety symptoms only.
CONCLUSION: Social support in all three network types (partner, family, and friend) was associated with a decrease in the odds of emotional distress, assessed as symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ataque de nervios.
Ataque de Nervios, Emotional distress, Latinos, Social networks, Social strain, Social support
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Lerman Ginzburg S, Lemon SC, Romo E, Rosal M. Social support and strain and emotional distress among Latinos in the northeastern United States. BMC Psychol. 2021 Mar 7;9(1):40. doi: 10.1186/s40359-021-00544-3. PMID: 33678184; PMCID: PMC7938605. Link to article on publisher's site
Lerman Ginzburg S, Lemon SC, Romo E, Rosal MC. (2021). Social support and strain and emotional distress among Latinos in the northeastern United States. University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-021-00544-3. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/faculty_pubs/1951
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