Latino Population Demographics, Risk Factors, and Depression: A Case Study of the Mexican American Prevalence and Services Survey

  • William A. Vega
  • William M. Sribney
Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL, volume 8)

Personal Journey: William A. Vega

I was raised in a Mexican immigrant household and experienced the poverty and witnessed the social discrimination and disease that accompanied it in East Los Angeles during the mid-20th century during my early childhood. These childhood and adolescent experiences were a powerful influence on my professional interests and activities throughout my life. My academic preparation at Berkeley was in sociology and criminology—I credited myself with having a good understanding of social deviance from personal observation. It was this preparation that exposed me to theory and research about immigration, social adaptation, marginality, social psychological theory, and field research methods. Although my work is interdisciplinary in scope, the template remains sociological and social psychological. My primary interest as a researcher has been two-fold, to understand the impact of immigrant adjustment on health for the total Latino population of the United States,...


Major Depression Immigrant Woman Parental Problem Language Preference Latino Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA, Department of Family MedicineLos Angeles

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