Traumatic Events and Symptoms Among Mexican Deportees in a Border Community

Juan M. Peña, Luz M. Garcini, Angela P. Gutierrez, Monica D. Ulibarri, Elizabeth A. Klonoff

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

13 Scopus citations


Research on traumatic events experienced among Mexicans deported from the United States is scant. Using clinical interviews, this study assessed the frequency of traumatic events and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among 47 Mexican deportees in a U.S.-Mexico border community. The majority of participants (98%) reported having experienced one or more traumatic events (M = 9, SD = 5) and nearly half met DSM-IV-TR criteria for PTSD. Meeting criteria for PTSD was associated with a higher number of traumatic events. Results suggest that prevention, intervention, and policy efforts are necessary to improve the well-being of this understudied immigrant subgroup.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-52
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Immigrants
  • Mexicans
  • deportees
  • mental health
  • posttraumatic stress
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


Dive into the research topics of 'Traumatic Events and Symptoms Among Mexican Deportees in a Border Community'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this