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Cultural Stress and Obesity Among Hispanic Adults in Los Angeles In    Los    Angeles,    Hispanic    adults    have    the    highest    rates    of obesity    (29.4%)    in    the    county,    above    all    racial    and    ethnic groups.    The    association    between    psychosocial    stress    and obesity   is   well   documented;   life   stressors   were   correlated   with a   16%   increase   in   the   risk   for   obesity   in   Hispanics.   However, there   are   no   studies   on   how   cultural   stressors,   such   as   those related   to   immigration   and   intergenerational   conflict,   relate   to obesity    in    Hispanics.    The    current    study    used    the    Hispanic Stress   Inventory-2   (HSI2)   to   examine   the   relationship   between cultural   stressors   and   body   mass   index   (BMI)   in   a   sample   of 330   U.S.   born   and   immigrant   Hispanic   adults   in   Los   Angeles, California.   This   study   is   part   of   an   on-going   NIMHD   funded project to standardize the HSI2.
Tailoring   Treatment   to   the   unique   needs   and   stressors   of   Latino   Adolescents   -   Experiences   and   Findings   from   the Culturally Informed and Flexible Family Therapy Program The   presentation   provides:   1)   an   overview   of   behavioral   health,   conduct   and   delinquency   problems   in   Hispanic   Adolescents;   2) gives   an   overview   of   current   treatments   for   conduct   problems,   including   drug   use   among   Hispanic   adolescents   3)   provides   a synopsis   of   CIFFTA,   a   recently   developed,   culturally   tailored   treatment   for   Hispanic   adolescents;   4)   discusses   the   integration   of culturally   based   Stress   assessment      as   a   diagnostic   and   "tailoring"   tool   and   5)   provides   information   about   the   Hispanic   Stress Inventories and how they are used in the CIFFTA treatment tailoring for youth and parents. 
Examining the influence of cultural stressors on depression in Hispanic adolescents Objective.   Stress   associated   with   family   expectations   and   planning   for   the   future   are   normative   experiences   of adolescence.   However,   Hispanic   adolescents   also   face   non-normative   culturally   specific   stressors   such   as   anti- immigrant   attitudes,   family   separation   issues,   and   negative   public   references   toward   their   ethnic   identity.   Currently, there   are   few   studies   that   identify   how   culturally   specific   stressors   impact   mental   health,   particularly   among   youth in   clinical   settings.   The   current   study   aimed   to   identify:   (1)   how   cultural   stressors   differ   for   adolescents   in   clinical treatment   compared   to   adolescents   in   the   general   population;   (2)   the   association   between   cultural   stress   and depression,   net   the   effects   of   gender;   and   (3)   if   group   membership   (e.g.   clinical   versus   non-clinical   setting) moderates the relationship between cultural stress and depression
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