Two research articles co-written by University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service assistant professor Nichola Driver have been accepted for publication. Both were completed in collaboration with UA Little Rock assistant professor Dr. Neveen Shafeek Amin.
“Both papers contribute to the literature on the ‘immigrant health advantage,’ particularly in the area of mental health,” Driver said.
The first article, “Acculturation, Social Support, and Maternal Parenting Stress among U.S. Hispanic Mothers,” examines ethnic and nativity differences in maternal parenting stress, exploring whether Hispanic mothers experience different levels of parenting stress than black mothers, as well as how factors such as nativity, social support, and levels of cultural adaptation influence these differences.
The article is available online and will be published in the forthcoming Journal of Child & Family Studies.
The second article, “Sex Differences, Duration of Stay in the U.S., and Serious Psychological Distress: The Case of Middle Eastern Immigrants in the United States,” examines the association between duration of stay in the U.S. and serious psychological distress (SPD) among Middle Eastern immigrants and whether that relationship varies by gender.
“Broken down by gender, we find that Middle Eastern immigrant women report higher odds of serious psychological distress compared to their male counterparts,” Driver said. “Furthermore, while Middle Eastern immigrant women who have been in the U.S. for less than 10 years are less likely to report SPD than U.S.-born whites, Middle Eastern immigrant women who have been in the U.S. for 10-plus years are significantly more likely to report SPD compared to U.S.-born whites.”
The article is available online will be published in the April/June 2019 edition of the Family & Community Health.