Immigrants from Mexico experience serious behavioral and psychiatric problems at far lower rates than US-born Americans

Christopher P. Salas-Wright, Michael G. Vaughn, Trenette Clark Goings

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Purpose: To examine the prevalence of self-reported criminal and violent behavior, substance use disorders, and mental disorders among Mexican immigrants vis-à-vis the US born. Methods: Study findings are based on national data collected between 2012 and 2013. Binomial logistic regression was employed to examine the relationship between immigrant status and behavioral/psychiatric outcomes. Results: Mexican immigrants report substantially lower levels of criminal and violent behaviors, substance use disorders, and mental disorders compared to US-born individuals. Conclusion: While some immigrants from Mexico have serious behavioral and psychiatric problems, Mexican immigrants in general experience such problems at far lower rates than US-born individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1325-1328
Number of pages4
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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