Acculturation risk and protective factors and mental health symptoms in immigrant Latino adolescents

Paul R. Smokowski, Mimi V. Chapman, Martica L. Bacallao

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The aim of this investigation was to map factors that predicted internalizing, externalizing, social, and total behavioral problems in immigrant Latino adolescents. Interviews were conducted with 100 foreign-born Latino adolescents. Multiple regression analyses revealed two risk factors, perceived discrimination and parent-adolescent conflict, which were significant predictors of adolescent internalizing, externalizing, and total problems. Interaction terms indicated that adolescents who were highly involved in Latino culture and who experienced high parent-adolescent conflict were at risk for internalizing problems. Familism was a protective factor associated with lower levels of internalizing and total problems. However, the effect of familism was mediated by parent-adolescent conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-55
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Acculturation
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Immigrants
  • Latinos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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