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Acculturation Gap Distress among Latino Youth: Prospective Links to Family Processes and Youth Depressive Symptoms, Alcohol Use, and Academic Performance.
J Youth Adolesc. 2018 01; 47(1):105-120.JY

Abstract

Latino youth have higher rates of educational and mental health difficulties compared to peers from other racial/ethnic groups. To understand the factors related to such maladjustment, a mediational model linking youth report of parent-youth acculturation gaps to prospective changes (from spring to fall semester) in youth report of academic performance, depressive symptoms and alcohol use via youth report of parent-youth conflict and family cohesion, was studied in a sample of 248 U.S.-and foreign-born Latino youth (Mage = 15.21 years; 50% female; 67% U.S.-born). Parent-youth acculturation gaps were associated with changes in youth academic performance across two semesters via their negative impact on family functioning. For U.S.-born youth, parent-youth acculturation gaps were also linked to changes in alcohol use via parent-adolescent conflict. Results provide some support for the acculturative gap hypotheses while unique findings across nativity groups suggest that such individual-level characteristics may serve as important sources of variation for Latino youth.

Authors+Show Affiliations

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Arizona State University, 411 N. Central Ave, Suite 345, Phoenix, AZ, 85004-0696, USA. rajni.nair@asu.edu.Milken Institute School of Public Health The George Washington University, 950 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 300, Washington, DC, 20052, USA.School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University, P. O. Box 873701, Tempe, AZ, 85287-3701, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29030790

Citation

Nair, Rajni L., et al. "Acculturation Gap Distress Among Latino Youth: Prospective Links to Family Processes and Youth Depressive Symptoms, Alcohol Use, and Academic Performance." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 47, no. 1, 2018, pp. 105-120.
Nair RL, Roche KM, White RMB. Acculturation Gap Distress among Latino Youth: Prospective Links to Family Processes and Youth Depressive Symptoms, Alcohol Use, and Academic Performance. J Youth Adolesc. 2018;47(1):105-120.
Nair, R. L., Roche, K. M., & White, R. M. B. (2018). Acculturation Gap Distress among Latino Youth: Prospective Links to Family Processes and Youth Depressive Symptoms, Alcohol Use, and Academic Performance. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(1), 105-120. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-017-0753-x
Nair RL, Roche KM, White RMB. Acculturation Gap Distress Among Latino Youth: Prospective Links to Family Processes and Youth Depressive Symptoms, Alcohol Use, and Academic Performance. J Youth Adolesc. 2018;47(1):105-120. PubMed PMID: 29030790.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Acculturation Gap Distress among Latino Youth: Prospective Links to Family Processes and Youth Depressive Symptoms, Alcohol Use, and Academic Performance. AU - Nair,Rajni L, AU - Roche,Kathleen M, AU - White,Rebecca M B, Y1 - 2017/10/14/ PY - 2017/06/04/received PY - 2017/09/15/accepted PY - 2017/10/17/pubmed PY - 2018/9/18/medline PY - 2017/10/15/entrez KW - Acculturation KW - Family cohesion KW - Latinos KW - Parent-adolescent conflict KW - Psychosocial functioning SP - 105 EP - 120 JF - Journal of youth and adolescence JO - J Youth Adolesc VL - 47 IS - 1 N2 - Latino youth have higher rates of educational and mental health difficulties compared to peers from other racial/ethnic groups. To understand the factors related to such maladjustment, a mediational model linking youth report of parent-youth acculturation gaps to prospective changes (from spring to fall semester) in youth report of academic performance, depressive symptoms and alcohol use via youth report of parent-youth conflict and family cohesion, was studied in a sample of 248 U.S.-and foreign-born Latino youth (Mage = 15.21 years; 50% female; 67% U.S.-born). Parent-youth acculturation gaps were associated with changes in youth academic performance across two semesters via their negative impact on family functioning. For U.S.-born youth, parent-youth acculturation gaps were also linked to changes in alcohol use via parent-adolescent conflict. Results provide some support for the acculturative gap hypotheses while unique findings across nativity groups suggest that such individual-level characteristics may serve as important sources of variation for Latino youth. SN - 1573-6601 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29030790/Acculturation_Gap_Distress_among_Latino_Youth:_Prospective_Links_to_Family_Processes_and_Youth_Depressive_Symptoms_Alcohol_Use_and_Academic_Performance_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-017-0753-x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -