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Stress Experienced by Guatemalan–Mayan Immigrants

  • Eugenia I. Millender
    Correspondence
    Corresponding Author: Eugenia Millender, MS, RN, CCRN, PhD, Student, Florida Atlantic Univeristy, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, 777 Glades Road, Boca, Raton, FL 33431.
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    Florida Atlantic Univeristy, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca, Raton, FL.
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Published:August 07, 2009DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2009.04.001
      AS THE FACE of the United States changes and Hispanics make up the largest minority group (
      • U.S. Census Bureau
      Population profile of the United States.
      ,
      • U. S. Census Bureau
      An older and more diverse nation by mid-century.
      ), the use of the label other Hispanic comes into question as an expression of cultural insensitivity contributing to health disparities. In South Florida, “other Hispanics” are the fastest growing population group, and members have high occurrence of mental health disorders including substance use (
      • Eisenman D.
      • Gelberg L.
      • Liu H.
      • Shapiro M.
      Mental health and health related quality of life among adult Latino primary care patients living in the United States with previous exposure to political violence.
      ,
      • Turner R.J.
      • Gil A.G.
      Psychiatric and substance use disorders in South Florida.
      ). Stress is an underlying factor associated with both substance use (
      • Quintero G.
      • Lilliott E.
      • Willging C.
      Substance abuse treatment provider views of F “culture”: Implications for behavioral health care in rural settings.
      ) and minority status (
      • Choi H.
      • Meininger J.C.
      • Roberts R.E.
      Ethnic differences in adolescents' mental distress, social stress, and resources.
      ). This pilot study was conducted to describe the experience of stress for a group often categorized as “other Hispanic” Guatemalan–Mayan immigrants. This study was planned to provide a foundation for further research about the stress–substance use connection for this population.
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