Sydney Garcia

Not Just Words?: Relationship between news consumption, daily emotions, and stress for farmworkers

If you have followed the news at all in recent years, you have undoubtedly encountered stories about immigration from Latin America, whether it be “illegal” immigrants crossing the border, asylum seekers traveling to the U.S., or images of children in cages as a result of their parents being deported. You do not have to be Latinx or undocumented to be psychologically impacted by these news stories, but what if you are part of these groups? Recent scholarship has uncovered a relationship between immigration news consumption and psychological distress among Latinx immigrants in the U.S. (Roche et al., 2018). However, no previous research has measured the quantity and content of news consumed by participants, or the associations between these variables and negative daily emotions. Using daily diary methodology, I seek to uncover these relationships among farmworkers in Tulare County, CA, the majority of whom are undocumented Latinx immigrants. My intersectional analysis will explore differences along the lines of time spent in the U.S. and gender. I will also examine social support as a buffer against the harmful outcomes associated with news consumption. Results will contribute to the broader literature and public understanding of the effects of news media on overall mental health.