ERIC Number: EJ757697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
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Acculturation, Internalizing Mental Health Symptoms, and Self-Esteem: Cultural Experiences of Latino Adolescents in North Carolina
Smokowski, Paul R.; Bacallao, Martica L.
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, v37 n3 p273-292 Feb 2007
This investigation examined acculturation risk factors and cultural assets, internalizing behavioral problems, and self-esteem in 323 Latino adolescents living in North Carolina. Multiple regression analyses revealed two risk factors--perceived discrimination and parent-adolescent conflict--as highly significant predictors of adolescent internalizing problems and low self-esteem. Adolescents who were highly involved in Latino culture and who experienced high parent-adolescent conflict were found particularly at risk for internalizing problems. Biculturalism and familism were cultural assets found associated with fewer internalizing problems and higher self-esteem. For internalizing problems, familism's protective effect was mediated by parent-adolescent conflict. Implications were discussed.
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Adolescents, Acculturation, Conflict, Parent Child Relationship, Immigrants, Cultural Differences, Hispanic Americans, Mental Health, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Mental Disorders, Behavior Problems, Self Esteem, At Risk Persons, Racial Discrimination, Predictor Variables, Cultural Influences, Family Influence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina