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Immigrant parents and Latinx parents reported significantly greater levels of immigration threat compared to non-immigrant parents and non-Latinx parents during the 45th presidential administration. Immigration enforcement threat was associated with greater child separation anxiety and overanxious behaviors, and lower self-regulation among boys and girls in PreKindergarten.

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Educators and healthcare providers working with young children from immigrant and Latinx households should be aware of the disproportionate stress experienced by immigrant and Latinx families due to a xenophobic sociopolitical climate marked by heightened immigration enforcement threat and racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric.


Immigrant and Latinx families experience disproportionate worry related to the racialized sociopolitical climate, changes in immigration policies, national anti-immigrant rhetoric and increased immigration enforcement activity in the U.S.

R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez
New York University Langone Health

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This page is a summary of: Parental perceived immigration threat and children’s mental health, self-regulation and executive functioning in pre-Kindergarten., American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, January 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/ort0000591.
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