Acculturative Stress Among Cuban American College Students: Exploring the Mediating Pathways Between Acculturation and Psychosocial Functioning

Sherry C. Wang, Seth J. Schwartz, Byron L. Zamboanga

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Abstract

We examined different dimensions of acculturative stress in mediating the association between acculturation and psychosocial functioning among 199 Cuban American college students (M age = 20.1 years) in Miami. Results showed that heritage-cultural orientation was directly associated with self-esteem. No other direct relations emerged. Spanish competency pressures and pressures against acculturation mediated the relationships between heritage-cultural orientation and internalizing symptoms, whereas pressures to acculturate mediated the association between American cultural orientation and self-esteem. These findings highlight the unique roles of different components of acculturative stress in the relationship of heritage and American cultural orientation to Cuban American adolescents' psychosocial well-being. Implications regarding the multidimensionality of acculturation and of acculturative stress are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2862-2887
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume40
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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