Dr. M. Teresa Granillo presents a talk titled "Mental Health and Substance Use Among Latina and Non-Latina White Female College Students: An Exploration of Risk and Protective Factors."
Latina youth have made huge strides in pursuing postsecondary education over the past 30 years. However, once in the college campus context Latinas face unique challenges that have significant consequences for their success and well-being. Evidence suggests that Latina college students report more stress and psychological distress (symptoms of depression and anxiety) than their white counterparts. Substance use among Latina college students has also increased, and at rates higher than white females. To date there is no understanding of why these differences exist. The current study aimed to explore the risk/protective factors for mental health and substance use behaviors among Latina college students and whether these factors differentially influenced mental health and substance use among white females.