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Filling Gaps in the Acculturation Gap-Distress Model: Heritage Cultural Maintenance and Adjustment in Mexican-American Families.
J Youth Adolesc. 2016 Jul; 45(7):1412-25.JY

Abstract

The acculturation gap-distress model purports that immigrant children acculturate faster than do their parents, resulting in an acculturation gap that leads to family and youth maladjustment. However, empirical support for the acculturation gap-distress model has been inconclusive. In the current study, 428 Mexican-American adolescents (50.2 % female) and their primary caregivers independently completed questionnaires assessing their levels of American and Mexican cultural orientation, family functioning, and youth adjustment. Contrary to the acculturation gap-distress model, acculturation gaps were not associated with poorer family or youth functioning. Rather, adolescents with higher levels of Mexican cultural orientations showed positive outcomes, regardless of their parents' orientations to either American or Mexican cultures. Findings suggest that youths' heritage cultural maintenance may be most important for their adjustment.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA. ehtelzer@illinois.edu. Beckman Institute for Science and Technology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, 61820, USA. ehtelzer@illinois.edu.Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA.Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA.Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26759225

Citation

Telzer, Eva H., et al. "Filling Gaps in the Acculturation Gap-Distress Model: Heritage Cultural Maintenance and Adjustment in Mexican-American Families." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 45, no. 7, 2016, pp. 1412-25.
Telzer EH, Yuen C, Gonzales N, et al. Filling Gaps in the Acculturation Gap-Distress Model: Heritage Cultural Maintenance and Adjustment in Mexican-American Families. J Youth Adolesc. 2016;45(7):1412-25.
Telzer, E. H., Yuen, C., Gonzales, N., & Fuligni, A. J. (2016). Filling Gaps in the Acculturation Gap-Distress Model: Heritage Cultural Maintenance and Adjustment in Mexican-American Families. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(7), 1412-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-015-0408-8
Telzer EH, et al. Filling Gaps in the Acculturation Gap-Distress Model: Heritage Cultural Maintenance and Adjustment in Mexican-American Families. J Youth Adolesc. 2016;45(7):1412-25. PubMed PMID: 26759225.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Filling Gaps in the Acculturation Gap-Distress Model: Heritage Cultural Maintenance and Adjustment in Mexican-American Families. AU - Telzer,Eva H, AU - Yuen,Cynthia, AU - Gonzales,Nancy, AU - Fuligni,Andrew J, Y1 - 2016/01/13/ PY - 2015/11/16/received PY - 2015/12/17/accepted PY - 2016/1/14/entrez PY - 2016/1/14/pubmed PY - 2018/1/13/medline KW - Acculturation gap KW - Adolescence KW - Culture KW - Family KW - Immigrants SP - 1412 EP - 25 JF - Journal of youth and adolescence JO - J Youth Adolesc VL - 45 IS - 7 N2 - The acculturation gap-distress model purports that immigrant children acculturate faster than do their parents, resulting in an acculturation gap that leads to family and youth maladjustment. However, empirical support for the acculturation gap-distress model has been inconclusive. In the current study, 428 Mexican-American adolescents (50.2 % female) and their primary caregivers independently completed questionnaires assessing their levels of American and Mexican cultural orientation, family functioning, and youth adjustment. Contrary to the acculturation gap-distress model, acculturation gaps were not associated with poorer family or youth functioning. Rather, adolescents with higher levels of Mexican cultural orientations showed positive outcomes, regardless of their parents' orientations to either American or Mexican cultures. Findings suggest that youths' heritage cultural maintenance may be most important for their adjustment. SN - 1573-6601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26759225/Filling_Gaps_in_the_Acculturation_Gap_Distress_Model:_Heritage_Cultural_Maintenance_and_Adjustment_in_Mexican_American_Families_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-015-0408-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -