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Acculturative Family Distancing: Links with Self-Reported Symptomatology among Asian Americans and Latinos

Acculturative Family Distancing: Links with Self-Reported Symptomatology among Asian Americans... Objective Our knowledge of how acculturative processes affect families remains quite limited. This article tests whether acculturative family distancing (AFD) [1], a more proximal and problem-oriented measure of the acculturation gap, influences the mental health status of Asian American and Latino college students. AFD occurs along two dimensions: communication difficulties and cultural value incongruence. Methods Data were collected from 186 Asian American (n = 107) and Latino (n = 79) undergraduates, who provided self-reports on psychological problems, depressive symptoms, and family conflict. A new self-report measure of AFD evidencing good psychometric properties was used to test hypothesized relations among these variables in structural equation models (SEM). Results For both Asian American and Latinos, results indicated that higher levels of AFD were associated with higher psychological distress and greater risk for clinical depression, and that family conflict mediated this relation. Conclusion AFD processes were associated with the mental health of students and the functioning of their families. These findings highlight potential foci to address in prevention and intervention programs, such as improving communication and teaching families how to negotiate cultural value differences. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Child Psychiatry and Human Development Springer Journals

Acculturative Family Distancing: Links with Self-Reported Symptomatology among Asian Americans and Latinos

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Psychology; Child and School Psychology; Psychiatry
ISSN
0009-398X
eISSN
1573-3327
DOI
10.1007/s10578-008-0115-8
pmid
18663569
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Abstract

Objective Our knowledge of how acculturative processes affect families remains quite limited. This article tests whether acculturative family distancing (AFD) [1], a more proximal and problem-oriented measure of the acculturation gap, influences the mental health status of Asian American and Latino college students. AFD occurs along two dimensions: communication difficulties and cultural value incongruence. Methods Data were collected from 186 Asian American (n = 107) and Latino (n = 79) undergraduates, who provided self-reports on psychological problems, depressive symptoms, and family conflict. A new self-report measure of AFD evidencing good psychometric properties was used to test hypothesized relations among these variables in structural equation models (SEM). Results For both Asian American and Latinos, results indicated that higher levels of AFD were associated with higher psychological distress and greater risk for clinical depression, and that family conflict mediated this relation. Conclusion AFD processes were associated with the mental health of students and the functioning of their families. These findings highlight potential foci to address in prevention and intervention programs, such as improving communication and teaching families how to negotiate cultural value differences.

Journal

Child Psychiatry and Human DevelopmentSpringer Journals

Published: Jul 29, 2008

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