Acculturative stress and latino depression: The mediating role of behavioral and cognitive resources

Mark W. Driscoll*, Lucas Torres

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Although research has found that acculturative stress is significantly associated with adverse psychologicaladjustment among Latinos, the mechanism by which this relationship exists is not clearlyunderstood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of behavioral and cognitive resources-active coping and self-efficacy, respectively-as mediators of the relationship between acculturativestress and depression among a sample of Latina/o adults (N = 469). Multiple mediator analysis indicatedthat active coping partially mediated the relationship between acculturative stress and depressionsymptom severity. The indirect relationship of acculturative stress to depression symptom severitythrough self-efficacy was not significant. The results suggest that acculturative stress directly relates toLatino psychological adjustment, and lower behavioral active coping partially accounts for this relationship. Results are discussed in the context of culturally based stress and coping models, wherein therelationship between stressors and subsequent psychological adjustment is influenced by the degree of fitbetween stressor demands and individuals' resources. Implications for treatment and theory arediscussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-382
Number of pages10
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Acculturative stress
  • Active coping
  • Depression
  • Latinos
  • Self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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