Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Michiyo Hirai

Second Advisor

Dr. Jason Popan

Third Advisor

Dr. Alfonso Mercado


The incidence of somatic and cognitive anxiety symptomatology has been found to affect up to 29% of Latinos. Currently literature is problematic in regards to its neglect of the heterogeneous nature of the Latino population. In order to correctly analyze the within-group differences in anxiety symptomatology, this study focused in identifying the individual characteristics of Latinos of Mexican origin residing in the United States. Participants consisted of 190 college students from the University of Texas-Pan American. The relationships between vertical/horizontal collectivism, vertical/horizontal individualism, sex, annual income, and immigration status were studied. Vertical and horizontal individualism were found to be positively correlated to cognitive anxiety symptoms. Regression analyses revealed that vertical individualism and sex were significant predictors of cognitive anxiety. Implications and limitations of the current study are discussed. Further study is recommended.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Psychology Commons