TITLE

PATERNAL ABSENCE AND INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION: STRESSORS AND COMPENSATORS ASSOCIATED WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH OF MEXICAN TEENAGERS OF RURAL ORIGIN

AUTHOR(S)
Aguilera-Guzmán, Rosa María; Salgado de Snyder, V. Nelly; Romero, Martha; Medina-Mora, Maria Elena
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Adolescence;Winter2004, Vol. 39 Issue 156, p711
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Mexico-U.S. migration creates situations that may cause psychological distress. The purpose of this research project was to study the impact of father's physical absence due to international migration (FPAIM) on adolescent offspring of rural immigrants from Zacatecas, Mexico. Stressors and compensators were studied from the adolescent's perspective and were analyzed using a stress-mediator-consequences theoretical framework. Qualitative (n = 24) and quantitative (n = 310) methodologies were used with a nonrandom sample of adolescents. Results show that the FPAIM is an ambivalent experience for adolescents that has positive and negative elements. Though migrants' children seem to be more vulnerable to psychosocial stress than are the offspring of nonmigrants, gender, not father's absence, appears to be the most important risk factor for psychological distress.
ACCESSION #
15864429

 

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