ERIC Number: EJ748583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
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Acculturation and Aggression in Latino Adolescents: A Structural Model Focusing on Cultural Risk Factors and Assets
Smokowski, Paul R.; Bacallao, Martica L.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v34 n5 p657-671 Oct 2006
The specific aim of this investigation was to map cultural factors associated with aggressive behavior in Latino adolescents. Interviews were conducted with a sample of 481 foreign- and U.S.-born Latino adolescents living in North Carolina and Arizona. Structural Equation Modeling was used to validate a conceptual model linking adolescent and parent culture-of-origin and U.S. cultural involvement, acculturation conflicts, and perceived discrimination to family processes (familism and parent-adolescent conflict) and adolescent aggression. Parent-adolescent conflict was the strongest cultural risk factor followed by perceived discrimination. Familism and adolescent culture-of-origin involvement were key cultural assets associated with less aggressive behavior. Exploratory mediation analyses suggested that familism and parent-adolescent conflict mediated the effects of acculturation conflicts, parent and adolescent culture-of-origin involvement, and parent U.S. cultural involvement on adolescent aggression. Implications for prevention programming were discussed.
Descriptors: Acculturation, Aggression, Hispanic Americans, Risk, Investigations, Cultural Influences, Interviews, Structural Equation Models, Parent Child Relationship, Attribution Theory, Cross Cultural Studies, Adolescent Attitudes
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; North Carolina