College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Impact of acculturative stress and daily hassles on pre-adolescent psychological adjustment: Examining anxiety symptoms

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2009

Keywords

Acculturation, Psychological Adaptation, Anxiety, Florida, Hispanic Americans

Publication Title

The Journal of Primary Prevention

ISSN

0278-095X

Volume

30

Issue/No.

3-4

Abstract

Acculturative stress in relation to anxiety symptoms has not been examined empirically in young Hispanic populations. The present study, conducted with 138 pre-adolescent Hispanic youngsters, investigated this relationship. The findings suggested that acculturative stress was related to physiological, concentration, and worrisome symptoms of anxiety. After decomposing acculturative stress, it became evident that perceived discrimination accounted for a large proportion of the variance in the relationship between acculturative stress and anxiety. Immigration-related stress was mostly associated with worry symptoms. Finally, total daily hassles were an independent predictor of concentration and physiological anxiety symptoms. Implications for prevention interventions and future research are discussed.

DOI

10.1007/s10935-009-0175-y