Perceived context of reception among recent hispanic immigrants: Conceptualization, instrument development, and preliminary validation

Seth J. Schwartz, Jennifer B. Unger, Elma I. Lorenzo-Blanco, Sabrina E. Des Rosiers, Juan A. Villamar, Daniel W. Soto, Monica Pattarroyo, Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, José Szapocznik

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Abstract

Context of reception has been discussed widely in the sociological and anthropological literature, but no measures of this construct exist. We designed a measure of perceived context of reception and provide initial support for the factorial validity, internal consistency reliability, and incremental and discriminant validity of scores generated by this measure. A sample of 302 recent-immigrant Hispanic parentadolescent dyads from Miami and Los Angeles completed the new perceived context of reception measure, as well as measures of perceived discrimination; Hispanic/American cultural practices, values, and identifications; and depressive symptoms. In Phase 1, exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses extracted a factor for negative perceived context of reception. A subscale corresponding to this factor was used in Phase 2; for parents and adolescents, negative perceived context of reception and perceived discrimination were differentially associated with acculturation-related variables-suggesting discriminant validity between perceived discrimination and negative perceived context of reception. For adolescents at both sites and for parents in Los Angeles only, the negative perceived context of reception dimensions were significantly associated with depressive symptoms 6 months later, over and above the contribution made by perceived discrimination-suggesting incremental validity. Results are discussed in terms of perceived context of reception as a new and emerging construct

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Context of reception
  • Discrimination
  • Hispanic
  • Immigrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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