Acculturative Stress Among Cuban American College Students: Exploring the Mediating Pathways Between Acculturation and Psychosocial Functioning
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2010
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 11, pages 2862–2887, November 2010
How to Cite
Wang, S. C., Schwartz, S. J. and Zamboanga, B. L. (2010), Acculturative Stress Among Cuban American College Students: Exploring the Mediating Pathways Between Acculturation and Psychosocial Functioning. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40: 2862–2887. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00684.x
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2010
We examined different dimensions of acculturative stress in mediating the association between acculturation and psychosocial functioning among 199 Cuban American college students (M age = 20.1 years) in Miami. Results showed that heritage-cultural orientation was directly associated with self-esteem. No other direct relations emerged. Spanish competency pressures and pressures against acculturation mediated the relationships between heritage-cultural orientation and internalizing symptoms, whereas pressures to acculturate mediated the association between American cultural orientation and self-esteem. These findings highlight the unique roles of different components of acculturative stress in the relationship of heritage and American cultural orientation to Cuban American adolescents' psychosocial well-being. Implications regarding the multidimensionality of acculturation and of acculturative stress are discussed.