Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 217–233 | Cite as

The Influence of Culture on Anxiety in Latino Youth: A Review

  • R. Enrique Varela
  • Lauren Hensley-Maloney


This article reviews the literature on how culture influences anxiety in Latino youth. First, a review of cross-cultural variations in prevalence and measurement is presented. Then, the article focuses on how culture impacts the meaning and expression of anxiety. Specifically, we discuss the meaning and expression of anxiety, the impact of culture on anxiety at a societal level and through its effect on family and cognitive processes, and the influence of immigration and acculturation on anxiety. Finally, we propose recommendations on how to advance the literature in this area building on existing knowledge.


Anxiety Latino Children Culture Hispanic 


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