Toward a micro-level perspective on acculturation among U.S. Hispanic college students: A daily diary study

Seth J. Schwartz, Charles R. Martinez, Alan Meca, Ágnes Szabó, Colleen Ward, Cory L. Cobb, Miguel Ángel Cano, Jennifer B. Unger, Christopher P. Salas-Wright

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Abstract

Objective: The present study introduces a daily, micro-level perspective on acculturation using a sample of Hispanic college students in Miami. Methods: We conducted a 12-day diary study with a sample of first- and second-generation Hispanic college students in Miami. Outcome variables were measured on Days 1 and 12, and acculturation components (practices, identities, and values) were measured on Days 2–11. Daily fluctuations in acculturation components between Days 2 and 11 were examined as predictors of well-being, internalizing symptoms, and externalizing problems on Day 12. Results: Fluctuations in comfort with speaking English negatively predicted three of the four well-being outcomes and positively predicted all of the internalizing and externalizing indicators. Fluctuations in collectivist values predicted two of the well-being outcomes and both anxiety and depressive symptoms, and fluctuations in ethnic identity predicted anxiety and depressive symptoms. Conclusion: Daily volatility in comfort with English, collectivist values, and ethnic identity appear to be most distressing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-144
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume77
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Hispanic
  • acculturation
  • daily diary
  • externalizing
  • internalizing
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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