Teresa Granillo to give a presentation as part of the New Faculty Colloquium
Tue, March 6, 2012 • 3:30 PM • GEB 4.214
Mental health and substance use among Latina and non-Latina White female college students: An exploration of risk and protective factors
M. Teresa Granillo
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. Given the negative impact of mental health and substance use on academic success, it is essential that we get a better understanding of these issues on college campuses. It is particularly important that we address at-risk populations such as Latinas who are experiencing great distress within the college campus context and who have significantly low rates of degree completion.
M. Teresa Granillo is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas, teaching courses in interventions for children and adolescents. Dr. Granillo comes to UT Austin after completing her Ph.D. at The University of Michigan. Her research interests are largely focused on mental health of Latina youth. Specifically, she has conducted studies examining the prevalence and correlates of eating disorders among Latina adolescents both in and outside the U.S. She has also explored mental health issues among Latina college students, including whether Latinas receive mental health services when they are experiencing mental health problems. Dr. Granillo is currently working on further exploring issues related to mental health service utilization among Latina/o youth.