Acculturation and Psychological Distress Among Adolescent Immigrants From the Former Soviet Union: Exploring the Mediating Effect of Family Relationships

Dina Birman, Tina Taylor-Ritzler

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

47 Scopus citations

Abstract

The present study investigated the potential mediating effect of adolescents' perceptions of family relationships using a structural equation modeling approach. The sample consisted of 226 immigrant adolescents from the former Soviet Union resettled in a suburban county in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. who were selected at random from the local public schools. The study included independent assessment of acculturation to the host (American) and native (Russian) culture. Results confirm the mediational role of family relationships on the impact of Russian acculturation on reduced distress. In addition, family relationships partially mediated the link between American acculturation and reduced psychological distress for these youth. The findings suggest that for this immigrant population native acculturation was related to less distress only when linked to positive familial relationships, whereas American acculturation was related to less distress directly, as well as through its positive impact on familial relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-346
Number of pages10
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • acculturation
  • adjustment
  • adolescents
  • family relationships
  • immigrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Acculturation and Psychological Distress Among Adolescent Immigrants From the Former Soviet Union: Exploring the Mediating Effect of Family Relationships'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this