Mental Health of Undocumented Immigrant Adults in the United States: A Systematic Review of Methodology and Findings

L. M. Garcini, K. E. Murray, A. Zhou, E. A. Klonoff, M. G. Myers, J. P. Elder

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • immigrant
  • Latinos
  • mental health
  • stress
  • Undocumented

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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