Mental health of undocumented immigrants in the United States: A systematic review of methodology and findings

Garcini, L.M., Murray, K.E., Zhou, A., Klonoff, E.A., Myers, M.G., & Elder, J.P. (2016) Mental health of undocumented immigrants in the United States: A systematic review of methodology and findings. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 14(1), pp. 1-25.

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This study systematically reviewed the methodology and findings of 24 peer-reviewed studies on psychosocial risk factors associated with the mental health of undocumented immigrants (UIs) in the United States. Of these studies, 14 included quantitative data and 13 were qualitative. The most common recruitment methods were snowball techniques, and most studies used convenience samples of recent UI Latinos. The method of assessing legal status varied, including current versus retrospective undocumented status. Psychological distress, depression, anxiety, and substance use/abuse were identified as prevalent themes. Studies with enhanced methodological rigor are needed.

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ID Code: 86219
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: undocumented, immigrant, mental health, stress, Latinos
DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2014.998849
ISSN: 1556-2948
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2016 22:39
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2016 23:15

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