Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Israel Cuellar

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Wisener

Third Advisor

Dr. Lynette Heslet


This study investigated incidence of depressive symptomatology, clinical depression, and suicidal ideation in a high school sample of 1751 Mexican-American adolescents. The relations of depression, as measured by the Diagnostic Scale for Depression-26 (DSD26), self-esteem, as measured by the abbreviated Rosenberg's Self-esteem Scale and ethnic identity, as measured by the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM) were analyzed. Results indicate that Mexican-American adolescents are at increased risk for depressive symptomatology and suicidal ideation. Results showed that there is no higher incidence of Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in Mexican-American adolescents but an increased risk for depressive symptomatology was found. Ethnic identity and self-esteem were negatively correlated with depression, and a positive correlation between self-esteem and ethnic identity was obtained. Self-esteem, gender, and SES were found to be significant predictors of depression. Ethnic identity was not found to be a significant predictor of depression. Further implications of these findings are discussed.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American