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Acculturative family distancing: links with self-reported symptomatology among Asian Americans and Latinos.
Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2009 Mar; 40(1):123-38.CP

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Our knowledge of how acculturative processes affect families remains quite limited. This article tests whether acculturative family distancing (AFD), a more proximal and problem-oriented measure of the acculturation gap, influences the mental health status of Asian American and Latino college students. AFD occurs along two dimensions: communication difficulties and cultural value incongruence.

METHODS

Data were collected from 186 Asian American (n=107) and Latino (n=79) undergraduates, who provided self-reports on psychological problems, depressive symptoms, and family conflict. A new self-report measure of AFD evidencing good psychometric properties was used to test hypothesized relations among these variables in structural equation models (SEM).

RESULTS

For both Asian American and Latinos, results indicated that higher levels of AFD were associated with higher psychological distress and greater risk for clinical depression, and that family conflict mediated this relation.

CONCLUSION

AFD processes were associated with the mental health of students and the functioning of their families. These findings highlight potential foci to address in prevention and intervention programs, such as improving communication and teaching families how to negotiate cultural value differences.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Claremont McKenna College, 850 Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA 91711, USA. whwang@cmc.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18663569

Citation

Hwang, Wei-Chin, and Jeffrey J. Wood. "Acculturative Family Distancing: Links With Self-reported Symptomatology Among Asian Americans and Latinos." Child Psychiatry and Human Development, vol. 40, no. 1, 2009, pp. 123-38.
Hwang WC, Wood JJ. Acculturative family distancing: links with self-reported symptomatology among Asian Americans and Latinos. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2009;40(1):123-38.
Hwang, W. C., & Wood, J. J. (2009). Acculturative family distancing: links with self-reported symptomatology among Asian Americans and Latinos. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 40(1), 123-38. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-008-0115-8
Hwang WC, Wood JJ. Acculturative Family Distancing: Links With Self-reported Symptomatology Among Asian Americans and Latinos. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2009;40(1):123-38. PubMed PMID: 18663569.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Acculturative family distancing: links with self-reported symptomatology among Asian Americans and Latinos. AU - Hwang,Wei-Chin, AU - Wood,Jeffrey J, Y1 - 2008/07/29/ PY - 2008/01/17/received PY - 2008/07/14/accepted PY - 2008/7/30/pubmed PY - 2009/5/19/medline PY - 2008/7/30/entrez SP - 123 EP - 38 JF - Child psychiatry and human development JO - Child Psychiatry Hum Dev VL - 40 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Our knowledge of how acculturative processes affect families remains quite limited. This article tests whether acculturative family distancing (AFD), a more proximal and problem-oriented measure of the acculturation gap, influences the mental health status of Asian American and Latino college students. AFD occurs along two dimensions: communication difficulties and cultural value incongruence. METHODS: Data were collected from 186 Asian American (n=107) and Latino (n=79) undergraduates, who provided self-reports on psychological problems, depressive symptoms, and family conflict. A new self-report measure of AFD evidencing good psychometric properties was used to test hypothesized relations among these variables in structural equation models (SEM). RESULTS: For both Asian American and Latinos, results indicated that higher levels of AFD were associated with higher psychological distress and greater risk for clinical depression, and that family conflict mediated this relation. CONCLUSION: AFD processes were associated with the mental health of students and the functioning of their families. These findings highlight potential foci to address in prevention and intervention programs, such as improving communication and teaching families how to negotiate cultural value differences. SN - 1573-3327 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18663569/Acculturative_family_distancing:_links_with_self_reported_symptomatology_among_Asian_Americans_and_Latinos_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-008-0115-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -