Race/Ethnicity, Parental Support, and Youth Depressive Symptoms: A Moderated Longitudinal Mediation Analysis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Racial/ethnic disparities in depression exist among youth in the United States. The purpose of this study was to determine if parental support trajectories in adolescence explain the relationship between race/ethnicity and depressive symptom trajectories in adulthood. A two-step longitudinal parallel process analysis with multigroup structural equation modeling was conducted with a nationally representative sample of youth (N = 5300; 48.5% female; M = 13.33 (Range:12-15) years at baseline). While parental support trajectories did not mediate the relationship between race/ethnicity and depressive symptoms, parental support trajectories were related to depressive symptom trajectories in adulthood. Immigrant generation status also moderated the relationship between race/ethnicity and depressive symptom trajectories. The results demonstrate the impact of parental support on later mental health outcomes regardless of race/ethnicity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stafford, AM; Tsumura, H; Pan, W

Published Date

  • July 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1319 - 1332

PubMed ID

  • 34002338

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6601

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0047-2891

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10964-021-01447-7

Language

  • eng