The role of acculturation in life satisfaction among Hispanic cancer survivors: results of the American Cancer Society's study of cancer survivors
Article first published online: 14 APR 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 19, Issue 4, pages 376–383, April 2010
How to Cite
Stephens, C., Stein, K. and Landrine, H. (2010), The role of acculturation in life satisfaction among Hispanic cancer survivors: results of the American Cancer Society's study of cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 19: 376–383. doi: 10.1002/pon.1566
- Issue published online: 29 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 FEB 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 8 FEB 2009
- Manuscript Received: 11 AUG 2008
- life satisfaction;
- quality of life
Objective: We sought to identify the role of acculturation in the life satisfaction of Hispanic cancer survivors.
Methods: We compared life satisfaction among the high- vs low-acculturated Hispanics who participated in a national, cross-sectional study of quality of life among cancer survivors.
Results: Despite fewer socio-economic resources, low-acculturated Hispanic survivors had higher life satisfaction (Beta=5.08, p<0.05). This relationship was mediated by higher levels of social support and spirituality found among low-acculturated survivors, with spirituality being the strongest predictor (Beta=0.379, p<0.001).
Conclusions: Acculturation may provide opportunities for improved socio-economic status often necessary for adequate functioning in the host culture. However, it may also result in a departure from traditional cultural values, which in turn may negatively impact life satisfaction during cancer survivorship. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.