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Gutierrez, Peter M.

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

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Department of Psychology


Mexican Americans--Psychology; Stress (Psychology); Depression; Mental


This study examined the relationship among acculturative stress, depressive symptoms, and suicidal ideation in a sample of Mexican adults (N = 209). Also examined was the role of generational status (i.e., first- versus second-generational status) and variables that predict depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation. First-generational status significantly predicted levels of acculturative stress, but not levels of acculturation, depressive symptoms, or suicidal ideation. Acculturative stress was partially related to suicidal ideation because of depressive symptoms. Familial support, friend support, expectancies and attitudes concerning the future, and income were not significant moderators in the relationship between acculturative stress and depressive symptoms. Levels of acculturative stress and nonhopeful expectancies and attitudes concerning the future were significant predictors of depressive symptoms, whereas levels of depressive symptoms, levels of acculturative stress, and nonhopeful expectancies and attitudes concerning the future were significant predictors of suicidal ideation. Overall, the study provided useful information on the psychological effects of the acculturative process and the factors that may increase these effects, while also raising issues for exploration in the future.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [113]-123).


vii, 179 pages




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