THE EFFECT OF CULTURAL FACTORS ON DAILY COPING AND INVOLUNTARY RESPONSES TO STRESS AMONG LOW-INCOME LATINO ADOLESCENTS

Catherine De Carlo Santiago*, Stephanie A. Torres, Stephanie K. Brewer, Anne K. Fuller, Jaclyn M. Lennon

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Abstract

This study used daily diary methodology to examine associations between cultural factors and daily coping and responses to stress among predominantly low-income Latino adolescents. A total of 58 middle school students (53% male, mean age = 13.31, 95% Latino) completed baseline measures assessing demographic characteristics, familism, ethnic identity, and family ethnic socialization. They subsequently completed 7 consecutive daily diaries assessing daily stress, coping, and involuntary stress responses. Results yielded main effects of stress, gender, familism, and ethnic identity on adolescents’ coping and involuntary stress responses. In addition, interactions between stress and familism, ethnic identity, and family ethnic socialization emerged. Results suggest that familism may promote adaptive responses to stress, while adolescents who report more family ethnic socialization may rely more on maladaptive responses at high levels of stress. Findings related to ethnic identity were mixed and varied depending on levels of ethnic identity exploration versus commitment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)872-887
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume44
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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