Hispanic Youth And Anxiety Disorders

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Hispanic Youth and Anxiety Disorders

Currently, Hispanics/Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States (Varela, Niditch, Hensley-Maloney, Moore, & Creveling, 2013). Approximately, 40% of the Hispanic population under the age of 18 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2002). In addition, anxiety disorders and phobias are among the most prevalent psychological disorders that affect youth and do not abate (Bernstein, Borchardt, & Perwien, 1996; Flakierska-Prakin, Lindstroem, & Gillberg, 1997; Woodward & Fergusson, 2001). According to Pina and Silverman (2004), a high prevalence of about 2.6% to 4.7% of youth in the Hispanic population experience anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, a common theme among the literature surrounding this topic is the lack of comprehensive information on rates and treatment of anxiety symptoms experienced by youth who represent the Hispanic culture. As a result, many Hispanic youth are experiencing anxiety but are overlooked and, ultimately, untreated. Therefore, it is essential that research focus on tailoring psychological assessment and treatment to this population.
Rate of Anxiety Disorders
Knowledge about Hispanic youth and anxiety disorders is disturbingly limited (Ginsburg & Silverman, 1996). Most recently, there is an increasing trend in the prevalence of anxiety disorders and Hispanic youth (McLaughlin, Hilt, & Nolen-Hoeksema, 2007). The top four diagnoses…
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