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Discrimination, marginalization among Latinos leads to poorer mental, physical health outcomes

Latino adults in the United States with documentation status concerns—such as fearing deportation—report poorer physical and mental health than individuals without those concerns, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Regardless of their documentation status distresses, Latino participants who feel a stronger sense of support report fewer negative mental health symptoms, the research shows.

Fernanda Lima Cross

“Building a positive sense of community, whether amongst friends, family and neighbors, or organizations like churches and community centers, serves as a protective shield from anti-immigrant sentiments and systemic discrimination,” said first author Fernanda Lima Cross, an assistant professor at the U-M School of Social Work.

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