Predictors of Familial Acculturative Stress in Asian American College Students


  • Marion P. Zahn is now at Wilcrest Counseling Services, Houston, Texas. Miguel A. Cano is now at Department of Health Disparities Research, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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The authors examined the predictors of familial acculturative stress in 85 Asian American college students. Participants were primarily 1st- and 2nd-generation U.S. citizens. Results showed that perceived acculturative family conflict and family intragroup marginalization were related to higher levels of familial acculturative stress for participants. Family intragroup marginalization accounted for a statistically significant proportion of the variance in familial acculturative stress after all variables were controlled. The findings emphasize the need to recognize culture-specific stressors of college students. Implications for college counselors are discussed.