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Acculturation, Mental Health, and Wellbeing Among Hispanic/Latinx Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer.

Tobin J, Cockburn M, Unger JB, Finch BK, Hamilton AS, Ritt-Olson A, Milam JE. Acculturation, Mental Health, and Wellbeing Among Hispanic/Latinx Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. Journal of adolescent and young adult oncology. 2022 Apr 1; 11(2):223-228.

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Abstract:

Ethnic disparities in childhood cancer survivor (CCS) mental health have been identified, although prior survivorship research has focused predominantly on non-Hispanic/Latinx (H/L) white survivors. This study examined the association of acculturation with depressive symptoms and wellbeing among 582 young adult H/L CCS recruited to a population-based study of CCS in Southern California. In multivariable regression models adjusted for covariates, greater identification with both the Hispanic and Anglo cultures was positively associated with wellbeing (? = 0.007 and ? < 0.0001, respectively), and Hispanic cultural identification was associated with fewer depressive symptoms (? = 0.04). Greater understanding of unique protective factors among minority CCS may inform tailored interventions promoting mental health.





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