Child Trends: DACA can support mental health of children of eligible parents

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 2, 2018

Researchers from Stanford University’s Immigration Policy Lab found that anxiety and adjustment disorders decreased by 50 percent among children whose moms were eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The researchers studied data for more than 8,000 children whose mothers were covered by Oregon’s Emergency Medicaid Program, which is often used by undocumented immigrants. They compared the children of moms who were born just before and after the cut-off date for DACA, finding a large mental health gap between children of DACA-eligible and non-eligible moms. To learn more about the research behind these findings, watch the Child Trends Q&A session with Dr. Jens Hainmueller.

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