This study assessed whether high school youth with mixed race/ethnicity are at greater risk for poor mental health conditions compared to their single race/ethnic counterparts and whether this mental health risk can be mitigated by youth developmental assets regardless of one’s race/ethnicity. Methods involved secondary data analysis of the 2009–2013 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey—Anchorage, Alaska subsample. Difference in rates of mental health conditions and mean number of developmental assets (protective factors) were assessed among three racial/ethnic groups. Logistic regression models tested whether race/ ethnicity has an independent association with mental health conditions and whether there is an interaction effect between race/ ethnicity and protective factors. Results show that, compared to white students, mixed race/ethnic students have significantly higher rates of poor mental health condition and significantly fewer protective factors. A significant interaction effect between race/ethnicity and protective factors was also found, showing decreasing likelihood of poor mental health condition with increasing number of protective factors among all racial/ethnic groups. However, this effect was more pronounced among white students compared to both mixed and single race/ethnicity minority students. Study findings indicate that youth of mixed race/ ethnicity are more likely to be at risk for poor mental health outcomes, yet
Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities – Springer Journals
Published: May 31, 2018
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