ERIC Number: EJ882632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
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Influence of Family Perceptions of Acting White on Acculturative Stress in African American College Students
Thompson, Keisha V.; Lightfoot, Nicole L.; Castillo, Linda G.; Hurst, Morgan L.
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, v32 n2 p144-152 Jun 2010
This study examined family-oriented stressors on acculturative stress in 83 African American college students attending a predominately White university. Results showed that family pressure for participants not to acculturate, pressure to maintain ethnic group language, perception of Acting White, and acculturation level were related to higher acculturative stress for participants. After controlling for acculturation and general stress, family pressure to maintain the ethnic group's language and perception of Acting White accounted for a statistically significant proportion of the variance in acculturation stress. The findings emphasize the need to recognize culture-specific stressors of college students. Implications for mental health providers are discussed.
Descriptors: College Students, African American Students, Acculturation, Anxiety, Family Influence, Racial Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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