Investigating psychosocial well-being among ethnically diverse rural women: Expect the unexpected

Rochelle L. Dalla, Catherine A. Huddleston-Casas, Maria León

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The purpose of this study was to examine patterns of similarity and difference in psychosocial well-being among 42 first-generation, Spanish-speaking Latinas, 23 second-generation, English-speaking Latinas, and 25 English-speaking Caucasian women residing in five unique rural Nebraska communities. Participants completed a series of self-report survey instruments to assess indices of psychosocial health, including: marital satisfaction, marital communication, family communication, social support, and depression. Spanish-speaking Latinas and English-speaking Caucasians evidenced the greatest similarity in patterns of experience. Twenty-eight percent of the total sample (n = 25) scored above the clinical cutoff for depression. Implications and suggestions for future work are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-154
Number of pages12
JournalGreat Plains Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Latina
  • Midwest
  • Non-Latina Caucasian
  • Psychosocial well-being
  • Rural
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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