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Dsm-5 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms of Mexican-american and Non-hispanic White College Men: Description and Comparison

The present study sought to explore possible differential vulnerability in MexicanAmerican males exposed to trauma. A primary aim of the study was to examine the prevalence of PTSD between Mexican-American/Mexican males and non-Hispanic White males. The constructs of fatalism and machismo were tested as possible mediators between Mexican-American/Mexican identity and PTSD symptoms severity score, as well as between Mexican-American/Mexican identity and the symptoms of avoidance and negative cognition and mood. Participants were male undergraduate students (N = 166) who identified as Mexican-American/Mexican or non-Hispanic White from two local universities. Although support was not found for all hypotheses, higher education status and acculturation to the U.S. may represent potentially protective factors for trauma. Further research is needed to explore ethnoracial differences in assessing the risk for PTSD and symptom presentation.

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