ERIC Number: ED407470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
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Acculturation, Coping, and Psychological Adjustment of Central American Immigrants.
Short, Jerome L.; Porro-Salinas, Patricia M.
The study applied a stress and coping model including acculturation to understanding the predictors of depressive symptoms, alcohol use, and life satisfaction of 108 native Salvadorans who immigrated to the United States in the past 5 years. Acculturation was negatively related to depression and alcohol use, and positively related to life satisfaction. Life stress was negatively related to life satisfaction. Perceived social support and support-seeking coping were negatively related to alcohol use. Problem-focused coping was negatively related to depression and alcohol use, and avoidance coping was positively related to depression. Also, an acculturation by support-seeking coping interaction predicted depression and life satisfaction. Low support-seeking at low levels of acculturation was related to the highest levels of depression and lowest levels of life satisfaction. The results suggest the utility of coping and supportive interventions to improve the mental health of recent Salvadoran immigrants. (Contains 1 figure, 3 tables, and 20 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: El Salvador