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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D


Latinxs, in general, report logistical barriers that contribute to utilizing fewer healthcare services and/or not knowing how to navigate the healthcare system. In addition to underutilizing healthcare services, Latinx immigrant youth also report higher levels of negative attitudes towards mental health. However, little is still known regarding factors that impact these attitudes with Latinx immigrant youth, as well as the community support efforts that are available to this specific group. Using a semi-structured interview on 12 Latinx immigrant youth, this master’s thesis explored: (1) the attitudes towards mental health, (2) attitudes towards mental health services, (3) and the experiences of participating in a local community-based program for Latinx immigrant youth. Results found that most participants (83%) held positive attitudes toward mental health and all participants (100%) described positive attitudes towards mental health services. In addition, all participants reported having positive experiences with a culturally-sensitive youth program that promotes psychological well-being while integrating to the United States and noted that it had benefited them socially, culturally, and psychologically. Given the rise of Latinxs in the U.S., and the stigma surrounding mental health attitudes, it is important to continue to explore this area to better serve Latinx immigrant youth and connect them to mental health services they may need. Also, it is important to have community programs, such as this local youth program, that provide support and meet the needs of Latinx immigrant youth.


Lisa Fuentes, M.A.

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