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The impact of deportation policies on Latinx students’ mental health

The impact of deportation policies on Latinx students’ mental health

Update: 2020-11-11
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Dr. Randy Capps, Director of Research for U.S. Programs at the Migration Policy Institute, surveyed Latinx high school students to see how fear of deportation – of their parents, relatives, friends, or themselves – impacts their mental health. The students, roughly half foreign-born and half US-born, suffered anxiety, depression, and PTSD at significantly higher rates than other students their age. Strong bonds immigrant students formed with one another were a source of mutual support. Students who engaged in public policy activism showed improved mental health.



















Overview







00:00-00:44 Intros

00:44-03:44 Study of impact of immigration policies on Latinx students’ mental health; demographics; key findings


03:44-05:41 Differences in number of traumatic experiences between foreign-born and U.S. born students and potential reasons


05:41-06:49 Differences by gender


06:49-09:40 Levels of perceived discrimination


09:40-13:18 Sources and forms of student support, including educators, parents, peers


13:18-14:38 Role of school counselors


14:38-18:30 Links between discipline practices and immigration-related fears; restorative justice; roles of school resource officers


18:30-24:17 Obstacles in accessing mental health resources and ways to reduce them


24:17-26:51 Student participation in public policy advocacy and its effect on students’ mental health 


26:51-27:28 Thanks to collaborators in the study


27:28-28:45 Outro






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The impact of deportation policies on Latinx students’ mental health

The impact of deportation policies on Latinx students’ mental health

Jon Moscow