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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 1/2019

01-09-2018 | Empirical Research

Cultural Stress, Emotional well-being, and Health Risk Behaviors among Recent Immigrant Latinx families: The Moderating Role of Perceived Neighborhood Characteristics

Auteurs: Elma I. Lorenzo-Blanco, Alan Meca, Jennifer B. Unger, José Szapocznik, Miguel Ángel Cano, Sabrina E. Des Rosiers, Seth J. Schwartz

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 1/2019

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Abstract

Latinx families can experience cultural stressors, which can negatively influence their emotional and behavioral health. Few studies have examined if perceived neighborhood characteristics buffer against or exacerbate the negative effects of cultural stress on adolescent and parent health outcomes. To address this gap in the literature, this study investigated how parent (social cohesion, informal social control, extent of problems) and adolescent (support) perceived neighborhood factors moderated the associations of parent and adolescent cultural stress with parent and adolescent emotional and behavioral well-being. Data came from waves 1 and 3 of a six-wave longitudinal survey with 302 recent immigrant Latinx adolescents (47% female, Mage = 14.51 years) and their parents (74% mothers, Mage = 41.09 years). Results indicated that when parents reported low levels of neighborhood problems, adolescent cultural stress did not predict adolescent health risk behaviors. However, adolescent and parent cultural stress predicted higher levels of adolescents’ sense of hope when parents perceived low levels of neighborhood problems. Furthermore, adolescent and parent cultural stress predicted higher youth depressive symptoms and health risk behaviors when positive neighborhood factors (informal social control, social cohesion) were high. Similarly, adolescent and parent cultural stress predicted lower adolescents’ sense of hope and self-esteem when positive neighborhood factors were high. These findings indicate that efforts to reduce the negative effects of cultural stress on youth emotional and behavioral health may benefit from combating neighborhood problems. Results further indicate that research is needed to clarify unexpected findings. Directions for future research are discussed.
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Latinx is a gender-neutral alternative to Latino, Latina, and Latina/o. It is used by scholars, activists, and national associations. It is part of a linguistic revolution to move beyond gender binaries and be inclusive of the intersecting identities of Latin American descendants. In addition to boys, girls, men, and women, Latinx makes room for people who identify as trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender non-conforming or gender fluid (Santos 2017).
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Cultural Stress, Emotional well-being, and Health Risk Behaviors among Recent Immigrant Latinx families: The Moderating Role of Perceived Neighborhood Characteristics
Auteurs
Elma I. Lorenzo-Blanco
Alan Meca
Jennifer B. Unger
José Szapocznik
Miguel Ángel Cano
Sabrina E. Des Rosiers
Seth J. Schwartz
Publicatiedatum
01-09-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 1/2019
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-018-0907-5

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