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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Balan, Michelle Monique
URN etd-0128102-201502
Title Effects of Immigrant Status on Mexicans in the United States
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Wes Shrum Committee Chair
F. Andrew Deseran Committee Member
Mike Grimes Committee Member
  • mexican immigrant
  • acculturation
  • social support
  • women
  • labor market
Date of Defense 2001-12-18
Availability unrestricted
This thesis analyzes the relationship between immigration and mental health. I used data from a health and migration study of Mexican immigrant women in a Houston community. I found a statistically significant negative relationship between family social support and feelings of depression. Thus, family social support may have buffered some harmful effects of immigrating to the United States. However, I found inconsistent results with labor market variables that may be due to a measurement problem. Both employment variables were statistically significant (p<.05) for models (predictor, predictor and control) including loss of interest and these variables remained significant after control variables were added. Unfortunately, only one of the work variables--the number of months the respondent worked--was in the predicted direction. Contrary to expectations, the other employment variable (ever worked) was negatively related to a loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities.
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