Latina/o youths’ discrimination experiences in the U.S. Southwest: Estimates from three studies

Katharine H. Zeiders, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Stefanie Martinez-Fuentes, Kimberly Updegraff, Sara Douglass Bayless, Laudan B. Jahromi

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Despite growing awareness of the negative effects of ethnic-racial discrimination, we know a minimal amount about the frequency of these experiences among Latina/o youth. Utilizing three independent studies, we examined estimates of general discrimination and police discrimination among Latino/a youth living in the U.S. Southwest (total N = 1,066; ages 12–21 years old). Ethnic-racial discrimination experiences differed by adolescent gender; for girls, 47% reported discrimination at age 12; highest estimates were at age 17 (70%) and 18 years old (68%). Boys reported greater general discrimination than girls did during early and late adolescence; the highest estimates were observed at ages 19, 20, and 21 years old (94, 86, and 87%, respectively). Gender differences also emerged with police discrimination; boys reported being hassled by a police officer more often than girls did at every age. Findings suggest that most Latino adolescents experience discrimination, and Latino/a boys are particularly vulnerable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-61
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Developmental Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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