Acculturative stress, social support, and coping: relations to psychological adjustment among Mexican American college students

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Department of Psychology



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*Acculturation; *Adaptation, Psychological; Adult; Female; Humans; Male; Mexican Americans; *Social Support; Stress, Psychological; Students


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


This study examined the relations between acculturative stress and psychological functioning, as well as the protective role of social support and coping style, in a sample of 148 Mexican American college students (67% female, 33% male; mean age = 23.05 years, SD = 3.33). In bivariate analyses, acculturative stress was associated with higher levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms. Moreover, active coping was associated with better adjustment (lower depression), whereas avoidant coping predicted poorer adjustment (higher levels of depression and anxiety). Tests of interaction effects indicated that parental support and active coping buffered the effects of high acculturative stress on anxiety symptoms and depressive symptoms. In addition, peer support moderated the relation between acculturative stress and anxiety symptoms. Implications for reducing the effects of acculturative stress among Mexican American college students are discussed.

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Citation: Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2007 Oct;13(4):347-55. Link to article on publisher's site

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