MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS OF CHILDREN OF UNDOCUMENTED PARENTS IN THE UNITED STATES: A HIDDEN CRISIS Cover Image

MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS OF CHILDREN OF UNDOCUMENTED PARENTS IN THE UNITED STATES: A HIDDEN CRISIS
MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS OF CHILDREN OF UNDOCUMENTED PARENTS IN THE UNITED STATES: A HIDDEN CRISIS

Author(s): Jorge DELVA, Pilar HORNER, Ramiro MARTINEZ, William LOPEZ, John DOERING-WHITE
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences
Published by: Asociatia pentru Dezvoltare si promovare socio-economica Catalactica
Keywords: Children and adolescents; undocumented immigrants; mental health; immigration enforcement

Summary/Abstract: The ripple effects of immigration enforcement on the lives of citizen and undocumented children in the United States (U.S.) remain hidden. Amidst unpredictable and traumatic immigration enforcement policies and practices in the U.S., children of undocumented parents are exposed to stressors that severely threaten their mental well-being. A community-based participatory study revealed that many of these children suffer from considerable mental health problems. If immigration policies and practices in the U.S. do not change, millions of children will continue to suffer from their unmet mental health needs. Furthermore, these unmet mental health problems are likely to affect them into adulthood and engender a heavy human and economic cost for them and all of society.

  • Issue Year: XIII/2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 025-035
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English