Microsystem and Macrosystem Predictors of Latinx College Students’ Depression and Anxiety

  • Manijeh Badiee, Edson Andrade
  • Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, April 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1538192718765077

Environmental predictors of Latinx college students' mental health

What is it about?

We examined how social variables (e.g. family closeness) predicted Latinx college students' depression and anxiety. The only predictor that mattered in terms of mental health was perceived discrimination. The importance of discrimination is consistent with research on other minority groups.

Why is it important?

The only social variable that was important for Latinx college students' mental health was discrimination. Even family closeness and social networks did not protect against this threat to mental health. This study demonstrates that discrimination is not something Latinx college students can just brush off, especially if it is happening regularly.


Manijeh Badiee
California State University, San Bernardino

This study is important in light of the discrimination and xenophobia that Latinx individuals face.

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