Amanda Venta

Amanda Venta
University of Houston | U of H, UH · Department of Psychology

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

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Introduction
Amanda Venta currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and as Director of the Youth and Family Studies Lab at the University of Houston. Her primary research interests are the development of psychopathology in youth and the protective effect of attachment security. She has published in these areas and has received related research funding from NIMH, NIMHD, APA, and APF.
Additional affiliations
August 2020 - present
University of Houston
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2015 - August 2020
Sam Houston State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2015 - present
Baylor College of Medicine
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
May 2012 - May 2015
University of Houston
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
August 2010 - May 2012
University of Houston
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
August 2005 - May 2009
Rice University
Field of study
  • Psychology & Religious Studies

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Publications (128)
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The Latinx population has experienced fast growth and is highly diverse, so access to linguistically and culturally relevant services is crucial yet extremely limited. This book highlights cultural competency in psychological assessment with a focus on working effectively with Latinx groups in mental health settings. It features a hybrid approach b...
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The Latinx population has experienced fast growth and is highly diverse, so access to linguistically and culturally relevant services is crucial yet extremely limited. This book highlights cultural competency in psychological assessment with a focus on working effectively with Latinx groups in mental health settings. It features a hybrid approach b...
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The Latinx population has experienced fast growth and is highly diverse, so access to linguistically and culturally relevant services is crucial yet extremely limited. This book highlights cultural competency in psychological assessment with a focus on working effectively with Latinx groups in mental health settings. It features a hybrid approach b...
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The Latinx population has experienced fast growth and is highly diverse, so access to linguistically and culturally relevant services is crucial yet extremely limited. This book highlights cultural competency in psychological assessment with a focus on working effectively with Latinx groups in mental health settings. It features a hybrid approach b...
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The Latinx population has experienced fast growth and is highly diverse, so access to linguistically and culturally relevant services is crucial yet extremely limited. This book highlights cultural competency in psychological assessment with a focus on working effectively with Latinx groups in mental health settings. It features a hybrid approach b...
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The Latinx population has experienced fast growth and is highly diverse, so access to linguistically and culturally relevant services is crucial yet extremely limited. This book highlights cultural competency in psychological assessment with a focus on working effectively with Latinx groups in mental health settings. It features a hybrid approach b...
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The Latinx population has experienced fast growth and is highly diverse, so access to linguistically and culturally relevant services is crucial yet extremely limited. This book highlights cultural competency in psychological assessment with a focus on working effectively with Latinx groups in mental health settings. It features a hybrid approach b...
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Objective: Latinx asylum-seeking families report posttraumatic distress that is 161-204% higher than in nonimmigrants, with adverse consequences for health and well-being. Recent U.S. policies have further embedded trauma in the asylum-seeking process by forcing families to remain in Mexico, enduring dire living conditions in tent encampments near...
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The Latinx population has experienced fast growth and is highly diverse, so access to linguistically and culturally relevant services is crucial yet extremely limited. This book highlights cultural competency in psychological assessment with a focus on working effectively with Latinx groups in mental health settings. It features a hybrid approach b...
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Latinx youth seeking asylum in the U.S. experience mental health disparity due to exposure to trauma and adversity. Health systems and schools in the U.S. are unprepared to screen for psychopathology in this population, much of which is mono-lingual Spanish-speaking, due to the absence of psychometrically-vetted instruments. The Strengths and Diffi...
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The topic of immigration is timely yet polarizing. By definition, to be an immigrant implies being in a state of transition and transformation. The eventual outcome is likely to be influenced by a series of contextual factors starting in the country of origin, continuing during the migration journey, and culminating in receiving communities. The au...
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The Child Attachment Interview (CAI) has demonstrated promise in youth, yet widespread use is thwarted by the need for interview transcription, face-to-face training, and reliability certification. The present study sought to examine the empirical basis for these barriers. Thirty-five archival CAIs were re-coded by: (1) expert coders (i.e., trained...
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In recent years, there has been a significant increase in rates of suicide-related thoughts and behaviors among Latinx young adults. Given Latinx young adults are one of the fastest growing subgroups in the United States, this raises significant public health concern. Perceived discrimination has consistently been identified as a risk factor and ha...
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Attachment theory-built on the knowledge that infants have an innate need to form an attachment bond with a caregiver and that separation from or loss of that caregiver has a lasting impact on the child's development-is a useful lens through which to examine the consequences of family separation due to migration. The aim of this review was to highl...
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The rate of Latinx migration to the U.S. has risen rapidly over the last several decades. Recognizing that Latinx migrant youth are exposed to a high rate of adverse events and that sleep has potential buffering effects on mental health, the current study aimed to examine sleep duration as a moderator of the link between childhood adversity and emo...
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The potential for suboptimal psychometric performance of reverse-coded items may be particularly pronounced when scales are translated and administered in Spanish with these problems exacerbated in youth respondents. This is a significant concern, given the rapid rise in Hispanic-American and Spanish-speaking individuals in the US and their rightfu...
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Objective: The Latinx immigrant youth population composes nearly a quarter of all children in the U.S. and are a high-risk group for police encounters. Based on perceptions of Latinxs as criminals, increased enforcement actions against Latinxs in the U.S., and failures of policing and police brutality in immigrants’ home countries, we expected that...
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Background: The number of immigrants in the United States and the risk of suicide among minoritized individuals have increased. Little research has examined the impact of immigration legal status on suicide-related thoughts and behaviors (SRTB), despite theoretical and empirical work suggesting that feelings of burdensomeness and failure to belong...
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In recent years, the number of children and families migrating from Central America to the United States (U.S.) has increased exponentially (Rosenblum, 2015). Likely due to this influx, research on Latino immigrants has also increased. However, no standard assessment of youth migration experiences currently exists. The present study introduces a ne...
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Social support is essential for maintaining physical and psychological health. Attachment security is important for seeking and using social support, and several studies provide evidence for attachment-based differences in perceptions of social support, with individuals with secure attachment describing greater social support. However, perceived so...
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Background: In recent years, the prevalence of suicidal ideation among young adults has been on the rise, with childhood maltreatment thought to partially explain this disparity. Systemic inflammation-a product of over-activation of the body's stress response system-has been hypothesized to play a predictive role in the development of suicidal ide...
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Over the past decade, there has been increased attention to the benefits of an integrated health-care care model in which psychologists play a vital role collaborating with other health providers to deliver services in inpatient medical settings, such as emergency departments and acute care medical units. Psychologists working in inpatient medical...
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The aim of this article is to provide a general overview of contextual factors that confer risk and resilience and shape youth across development. We begin by introducing developmental psychopathology and its principles, as a guide for understanding contextual risk in relation to emerging psychopathology. We then introduce attachment theory, as car...
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This chapter summarizes qualitative research on the experiences of separation and reunification among 16 Mexican and Central American mother-child dyads. Collecting data dyadically (from both the child and mother), we approached our understanding of their separations and reunifications dialectically. That is, we explored how these experiences negat...
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Immigrant youth displaced from their homes are at great risk for developing emotional and behavioral symptoms and, therefore, they often present for assessment services in school, medical, and justice settings. The aim of this report is to describe unique, evidence-based risk and protective factors for psychopathology relevant to this client group...
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The impact of attachment to fathers on mental health in Latinx communities is understudied and not fully understood, though extant research focusing on maternal attachment forms a solid base of knowledge regarding the importance of attachment (to mothers) on mental health. The broad aim of this study was to examine the importance of paternal attach...
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Test taking is ubiquitous in academic life. Often, a student’s desire to perform well in these evaluative situations leads them to experience test-anxiety. However, test-anxiety has been repeatedly correlated with reduced test performance. Research suggests that reappraisal interventions promote the reduction of test anxiety which may result in imp...
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It appears that social information processing is negatively affected by inflammation, but extant research is primarily experimental and comes from laboratory-based manipulations of inflammatory states. We aimed to examine interactions between inflammation, stressful life events, and positive memories of childhood relations with parents in relation...
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This chapter covers contextual, individual, biological, and genetic risk factors as well as protective factors that act transdiagnostically, or across disorders. Comorbidity transcends diagnoses and overlap is observed between most symptoms known to be associated with mental disorder. Behaviour genetic studies on families and twins tend to show tha...
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This chapter focuses on some of the most difficult events in a child's life—divorce, separation, or loss of parents. It reviews the adjustment disorder categories appropriate for children with difficulty adapting to major events. General trends demonstrate that divorce has more deleterious effects on younger children, with some researchers positing...
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This study examined relations between trust beliefs in significant others (TBSO), interpersonal stress, and internalizing psychopathology for adolescents with psychiatric disorders. Two hundred and thirty-four adolescents from an acute inpatient unit (154 females, Mage = 14.72 years, SD = 1.39 years) completed standardized scales/interviews that as...
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Rising rates of youth migration are occurring globally and, thus, the adaptation of immigrant youth to their host country’s cultural norms is a pressing public health concern. Indeed, both acculturation and acculturative stress are associated with mental health for immigrant youth. The broad aim of this study was to examine how sleep duration would...
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Background The mentalization theory posits that interpersonal difficulties and maladaptive personality traits develop from an insecure attachment pattern with one’s caregiver and corresponding deficits in mentalizing—the ability to understand others’ and one’s own mental states. Mentalizing deficits have been theorized as the basis for all psychopa...
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Existing literature on posttraumatic growth following adverse experiences has questioned adolescent capacity to experience such growth given immature cognitive and affective development. The aim of this review was to conduct the first review of the literature regarding post-traumatic growth among adolescents (ages 12–18) to determine whether there...
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Violence risk assessment tools are often criticized, particularly when administered to ethnic minorities for whom the measure was not originally developed, partly because they fail to consider unique contextual and individual factors that could potentially lead to erroneous conclusions and deleterious effects on the individuals, society, and the le...
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In recent years, there has been a large increase in the number of youth and families emigrating from Central America to the United States to escape extreme violence and crime victimization. As a result, the rate of trauma-exposure and trauma-related distress among this population is alarmingly high and necessitates representation of this population...
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Two families' stories-a separation at the border and an assault in a migrant shelter-show the horrific dimensions of US migration policy.
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This study examined young adults’ attachment with their mothers and fathers after experiencing separation from these caregivers (i.e., mothers, fathers, or both) in childhood due to one or more caregivers migrating out of the family's home country. From 774 respondents, 110 reported parental migration. Participants (M = 20.98; SD = 3.12; 68.1% fema...
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This chapter discusses Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a classification in the DSM‐5 that replaced the DSM‐IV‐TR categories of Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett's Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. The prevalence of ASD has been a topic of controversy and media atten...
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This chapter focuses on the etiology, correlates, and treatment of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is typically a disorder associated with adults, but many of the symptoms first emerge in childhood, and risk and protective factors related to the emergence and course of schizophrenia are well studied in youth. Negative symptoms are things that are pres...
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This chapter discusses the eating disorders that have been most widely researched in adolescence, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, with mention of binge‐eating disorder as well. Binge eating has been linked to serious gastrointestinal complications including sudden enlargement of the gastric system in response to a binge, which may result in p...
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This chapter utilizes the term attachment styles to describe categories of attachment behavior and avoid confusing them with specific disorders. After defining attachment styles, it focuses on how psychopathology relates to attachment styles and on the development of insecure attachments. The distribution of attachment styles in the general populat...
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Objectives: There are currently 1,308,327 immigrants in removal proceedings, over 80% of whom are Latinx (TRAC, 2021b). This study examined the relation among putative protective markers (i.e. social support, religious support, and legal support) and the emotional and physical well-being of Latinx individuals facing removal proceedings. Hypothese...
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Migrant youth are at increased risk for mental health problems. Given increases in families migrating to the U.S. and family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, understanding migrant youth home environments and impacts of family disruption are growing concerns. This study assessed caregiver arrangements and reports of youth emotional and behavio...
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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed mothers to stress and social isolation during the pre- and post-natal periods. The deleterious effects of stress on both pregnant women and their infants are well documented, with research suggesting that effects are exacerbated by reduced social support. In this brief report, we summarize evidence linking stress and s...
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The current study proposed to determine whether adolescent emotion regulation is predictive of the amount and type of crime committed by adolescent juvenile offenders. Despite evidence in the literature linking emotion regulation to behaviour problems and aggression across the lifespan, there is no prior longitudinal research examining the predicti...
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Many individuals use social media on a daily basis worldwide. Social media use has both positive and negative effects on mental health, which may be based on an individuals’ reasons for utilizing social media sites. The Motivations for Electronic Interaction Scale (MEIS; Nesi & Prinstein, 2015) was developed to assess attitudes and behaviors regard...
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The changing demographics of the US and widespread prevalence of immigrant youth suggests mental health trainees, clinicians, and researchers are increasingly more likely to interact with, treat, and study individuals from this population. Against this background, this article synthesizes current research for working with immigrant youth, with a pa...
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Although research suggests that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are associated with emotional problems, individuals with higher resilience experience less emotional problems. This relation has yet to be examined in the growing Latinx immigrant youth population in the United States. To study the relation between ACEs, emotional problems, and re...
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BACKGROUND Avoidance of trauma-related stimuli and unhelpful changes in thought patterns are integral to the development and maintenance of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psychological inflexibility is a process that includes cognitive fusion (entanglement with unhelpful thoughts and taking one’s thoughts as representing reality) and experie...
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The potential for the development of psychopathology in aolescent refugees and asylees is high due to the trauma inherent in their experience. Yet, psychopathology rooted in trauma has proven amenable to treatment. Nonetheless, as most clinicians are monolingual, the language difference between clinician and client may be a barrier of desensitizati...
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Acculturation has consequences for immigrant health, and provides a natural experimental context in which to test Fonagy and Allison’s theory of epistemic trust. Their theory posits that secure attachment in the caregiver-youth dyad is a key mechanism for supporting, and exposure to childhood adversity and trauma is thought to block, the cultural l...
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There is a current lack of data on the relation between childhood abuse and behavior problems in recently immigrated Latino youth and potential protective factors. This study sought to assess rates of abuse, explore relations between abuse and behavior problems, and examine peer attachment as a possible moderator in 76 recently immigrated high scho...
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Objectives Triple P is a positive parenting intervention designed to improve parenting practices and enhance childhood outcomes. Triple P has shown positive effects in various prior studies; however, to date, no studies have examined the potential benefits of home-based Triple P when conducted with rural families with parents at high risk for child...
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Evidence suggests delinquent youth are more likely to suffer from posttraumatic stress symptoms and links those symptoms to subsequent aggressive behavior and criminal activity. Research also indicates the impact of decision-making capacity in this context. Specifically, future orientation has been shown to play an important role in adolescent deli...
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Most assessments of cognitive abilities are language bound (e.g., directions presented orally or written), even when not assessing linguistic ability. Understanding the relationship between bilingual language acquisition and outcomes on tests of cognitive abilities is critical, given the reliance on intelligence assessment for learning disability a...
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As of 2017, the number of international immigrants worldwide increased from 220 million to 248 million, and will continue to rise [16]. Growing diversity worldwide requires a stronger emphasis on multicultural competency among mental health professionals. Learning multicultural competency skills is a career-long commitment that begins in practicum...
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Objective: This study examined whether race/ethnicity and gender predicted sentencing to anger management therapy as a probation condition. Hypotheses: We predicted judges would be more likely to assign African Americans and Hispanics, and males to anger management than Caucasians and women, respectively. We hypothesized demographic variables wo...
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Despite an increase in research examining maternal and infant touch, and documenting its public health impact, this mode of interaction has historically been omitted from related fields of developmental research in human and non‐human primates. The broad aim of this review is to examine to what extent mother–infant touch has been included in relati...
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There are roughly 40 million immigrants living in the USA. To date, there is little literature and research directly exploring best practice and research perspectives in immigrant groups. The aim of this chapter is to review the existing data on research via three critical variables: immigration status, acculturation, and resiliency in relation to...
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Attachment affects a child’s well-being across their lifespan. This study aimed to describe internal working models of attachment in immigrant adolescents – an often overlooked population that frequently experiences caregiver separation. Data were collected from a high school for recently immigrated youth. Attachment was assessed using the Child At...
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Background: Suicide ideation and attempt are alarmingly prevalent in adolescents, and even more so for youth in psychiatric settings. Interpersonal factors have been emphasized as important in the etiology and maintenance of suicide ideation and attempt in adolescents. Evaluating social cognitive deficits offers important insight into processes un...
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This study examined Ruiz et al.’s sociocultural model of Hispanic health resilience by assessing trauma exposure and symptoms and Hispanic cultural values in relation to the physical health of 97 Central American immigrant families, within 24 hours of arrival to the United States. Increased posttraumatic stress symptoms, but not exposure, were asso...
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Background Adolescents have virtually universal access to social media. Despite ample research linking attachment to social functioning in youth, neither this empirical research nor related theory has been extended to the virtual social context. The broad aim of this study was to test an attachment‐based model of social media use in adolescents in...
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Using a sample of detained juveniles, the current study used pilot data to examine if linguistic markers in probation officer’s court summary notes differed by the juvenile’s race/ethnicity and gender. Results indicated differences in probation officers’ language use between groups. Specifically, greater use of quantifiers, causation, differentiati...
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Previous research on the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory (YPI; Andershed et al., 2002) has identified a three-factor structure: Interpersonal, Affective, and Behavioral. The present study sought to test this three-factor structure and broader psychometric properties of the YPI in a sample of 328 adolescents undergoing inpatient psychiatric care...
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The Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) is widely used to assess adolescent depressive symptom severity. Psychometric investigations, including factor-analytic studies, with adolescents support the reliability and validity of the BDI-II. However, a major limitation of this research is that samples have been predominantly Caucasian/White. This is...
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There have been large, recent increases in the number of children and families migrating from Central America to the U.S. to escape regional cartel and gang violence. The rate of trauma exposure in recently immigrated youth from Central America is therefore alarmingly high and current trauma symptom measures have not been evaluated for use in this...
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One of the greatest dilemmas facing clinicians who provide psychological services to recently immigrated, unaccompanied minors is when to refer children out of the immigration shelter-based treatment to which they have begun adjusting and into a new, more structured environment in which they would face yet another transition and period of adjustmen...
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Violence and economic hardship in Central America have resulted in a surge of immigrants entering the USA and immigration court proceedings. Concerns about immigration proceedings, including fear of deportation, and feeling unprepared for court appearances, may exacerbate risk for mental illness. Against this background, this study aimed to examine...
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Unauthorized migration to the U.S. is frequent, though economic predictors are understudied. This study examined the predictive utility of U.S. economic metrics in relation to unauthorized migration 2000–2016. Findings indicated that economic metrics add significant predictive power to models predicting unauthorized migration up to 4 months later....
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Given the high risk of psychopathology among recently immigrated Central American adolescents, the aim of this study was to examine several putative protective factors: parental attachment, peer attachment, and school engagement. Based on prior research with other immigrant groups, parental and peer attachment were expected to correlate with reduce...
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A substantial literature has investigated relations between intelligence and psychopathic traits. At the construct level, findings have been mixed, with a small negative relation found. At the facet level however, a positive relation between verbal intelligence and the interpersonal facet of psychopathy, and a negative relation between verbal intel...
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The Inventory of Interpersonal Problems 32 (IIP-32; Horowitz, Aiden, Wiggins, & Pincus, 2000) is a brief, 32-item, self-report questionnaire used to screen for interpersonal problems. While studies of the IIP-32's psychometric properties have been conducted in other nations, and studies have examined the psychometric properties of the IIP-32's circ...