Acculturation, discrimination, and depression among unauthorized latinos/as in the United States

Cory L. Cobb, Dong Xie, Alan Meca, Seth J. Schwartz

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In the present study we sought to examine psychosocial factors among undocumented Latinos/as acculturating to and residing in the United States. Method: A community sample of 122 self-reported undocumented Latino/a immigrants was asked to complete questionnaires measuring components of acculturation (i.e., national and ethnic identity, U.S. heritage-cultural knowledge, English and Spanish competency), everyday discrimination (ED), and depressive symptoms. Results: Results indicated that, among acculturation dimensions, only ethnic identity was significantly related to increased ED whereas ED was associated with increased depression. Moreover, experiences of ED mediated the relationship between ethnic identity and depression. Conclusions: Results may indicate ethnic identity as a risk factor for this group through experiences of discrimination. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed in terms of advancing theory and from a multicultural counseling perspective, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-268
Number of pages11
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


  • Acculturation
  • Depression
  • Discrimination
  • Immigrant
  • Undocumented Latinoa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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