Not Just Words: Effects of Negative News Portrayals of Latinxs on Farmworker Stress

Sydney Garcia : Psychology, Gender & Women's Studies Minor

Mentor: Dacher Keltner, Psychology

Everyone experiences stress to varying degrees. Past scholarship has connected awareness of the news to stress while linking stress to adverse mental and physical health outcomes. Given that minority groups are significantly overrepresented in news relating to criminal activity, and news coverage under the Trump Administration has increased negative depictions of immigrants, Sydney will travel to California’s Central Valley to investigate the impacts of such coverage on Latinx farmworkers. She will use daily diary methodology to uncover the relationship between daily self-reported awareness of the news, stress levels, emotions, and social support. Results will contribute to the broader literature and public understanding of the effects of news media on stress and overall mental health.