Identity-based bullying and mental health among Black and Latino youth: The moderating role of emotional suppression. Academic Article uri icon


  • The current study examined the prevalence of identity-based bullying, the unique links between identity-based bullying and mental health (i.e., depressive and posttraumatic stress symptoms [PTSS]), and emotional suppression as a potential moderator of these links. Participants were 899 clinic-referred Black and Latino youth aged 7-18 years (M = 13.37 years, SD = 2.75, 60.8% female). Regression analyses indicated youth who experienced identity-based bullying victimization reported worse depressive symptoms and PTSS, controlling for co-occurring trauma exposure and demographic characteristics. We did not find evidence that emotional suppression moderated these associations. The findings highlight the potentially traumatic nature of identity-based bullying victimization in treatment-seeking Black and Latino youth and speak to the need for identity-based bullying risk screening.

published proceedings

  • J Trauma Stress

altmetric score

  • 1.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Alvis, L., Douglas, R. D., Oosterhoff, B., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., & Kaplow, J. B.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Alvis, Lauren||Douglas, Robyn D||Oosterhoff, Benjamin||Gaylord-Harden, Noni K||Kaplow, Julie B

publication date

  • April 2023