Anti-immigrant Sentiment and Adolescent Wellbeing in the Arizona-Sonora Border Region
Flavio F. Marsiglia, PhD and Hilda Garcia Pérez
The study seeks to advance knowledge about experiences with violence, anti-immigrant sentiments, and coping strategies among youth along both sides of the US-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora. A binational and transdisciplinary research team assessed how these experiences and coping strategies can be protective or put adolescents at risk for mental health problems. The project goals are to:
1. Explore the impact of anti-immigration sentiment, policies, and violence on migrant adolescents in both Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona: non-migrants in Nogales, Arizona; and recent deportees residing in Nogales, Sonora
2. Explore the positive and negative coping strategies employed by these adolescents as a result of their experiences with anti-immigrant sentiment, policies, and violence
3. Assess how these experiences and coping strategies affect the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents on the Arizona-Sonora border.