Title

Discrimination, Acculturation, Acculturative Stress, and Latino Psychological Distress: A Moderated-Mediational Model

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

9 p.

Publication Date

2012

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Source Publication

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Source ISSN

1099-9809

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1037/a0026710

Abstract

Prior research has found that perceived discrimination is associated with adverse mental health outcomes among Latinos. However, the process by which this relationship occurs remains an understudied area. The present study investigated the role of acculturative stress in underlying the relationship between perceived discrimination and Latino psychological distress. Also examined was the ability of acculturation to serve as a moderator between perceived discrimination and acculturative stress. Among a sample of Latino adults (N = 669), moderated mediational analyses revealed that acculturative stress mediated the perceived discrimination-psychological distress relationship, and that the link between perceived discrimination and acculturative stress was moderated by Anglo behavioral orientation but not Latino behavioral orientation. The findings are discussed within a stress and coping perspective that identifies the psychological consequences associated with perceived discrimination and acculturative stress.

Comments

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Volume 18, No. 1, pp 17-25 (2012). DOI: 10.1037/a0026710

© 2012 American Psychological Association

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