Mental Health of Immigrant Adolescents in Spain
In this paper we take advantage of a special data set, the Chances (2011) survey, which sampled schools and students enrolled in the 3rd and 4thgrades of secondary education within in the municipality of Madrid (n=2,734). The survey includes a large number of immigrants and information on the life of adolescents, including their mental health and other socioeconomic outcomes, relation with their families, friends and school mates. The Chances data also allows us to examine the impact of contextual factors such as schools and neighbourhoods. The data also include information about family conflict and other family characteristics collected from sub-sample of parents (n=1,239) .
Our findings suggest worse mental health outcomes of children of migrant families compared native families in Spain. Using several indicators of mental health outcomes (e.g. difficulties to concentrate, sleep) as dependent variables, the paper examines the effect of parent characteristics, family conflict, and school and neighbourhood context on adolescent mental health.