Cultural Adaptation Profiles Among Mexican-Descent Latinxs: Acculturation, Acculturative Stress, and Depression

Mark W. Driscoll*, Lucas Torres

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Objectives: Person-centered analysis was used to examine profiles of acculturation and acculturative stress among Mexican-descent adults in relation to depression. It was hypothesized that identified profiles would support multiple acculturation styles, that acculturation profiles would differentially relate to acculturative stress dimensions, and that those profiles with greater Latinx acculturation and lower acculturative stress would report less severe depression. Method: Mexican-descent Latinx adults (n = 230) completed selfreport measures of Latinx and Anglo acculturation, acculturative stress, and depression symptom severity. Latent profile analysis was used to derive acculturation–acculturative stress profiles. Results: Three distinct profiles emerged. One profile was notable for bicultural acculturation with traditional Latinx acculturative stress. The two remaining profiles reported similarly high traditional Latinx acculturation, but differed in acculturative stress, such that one profile was elevated in one dimension of acculturative stress, whereas the other reported elevated acculturative stress across multiple domains. Participants in this last profile also reported significantly greater depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-258
Number of pages11
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 4 2021


  • Acculturation
  • Acculturative stress
  • Depression
  • Latent profile analysis
  • Mexicans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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