Dynamic Transition Patterns in Acculturation Among Hispanic Adolescents

Tae Kyoung Lee, Alan Meca, Jennifer B. Unger, Byron L. Zamboanga, Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Melinda Gonzales-Backen, Elma I. Lorenzo-Blanco, Miguel Cano, Sabrina E. Des Rosiers, Daniel W. Soto, Juan A. Villamar, Monica Pattarroyo, Karina M. Lizzi, Jose Szapocznik, Seth J Schwartz

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Acculturation consists of multiple domains (i.e., cultural practices, identifications, and values). However, less is known about how acculturation processes influence each other across multiple domains of acculturation. This study was designed to investigate transition patterns of acculturative processes within and across domains in a sample of 302 recent-immigrant Hispanic adolescents, Mage (SD) = 14.51 years (0.88) at baseline; male = 53%). Adolescents were assessed six times over a 3-year period. Latent profile analyses identified two profiles (high [or increasing] vs. low) for each domain at each timepoint. We found largely stable transition patterns in each domain over six timepoints. Importantly, sequential associations among profiles in acculturation domains were also detected. Implication for acculturation theory and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalChild Development
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Lee, T. K., Meca, A., Unger, J. B., Zamboanga, B. L., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Gonzales-Backen, M., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Cano, M., Des Rosiers, S. E., Soto, D. W., Villamar, J. A., Pattarroyo, M., Lizzi, K. M., Szapocznik, J., & Schwartz, S. J. (Accepted/In press). Dynamic Transition Patterns in Acculturation Among Hispanic Adolescents. Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13148