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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
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. 
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.