Acculturative Stress, Psychological Distress, and Religious Coping among Latina Young Adult Immigrants

Nicole Da Silva, Frank R. Dillon, Toni Rose Verdejo, Mariana Sanchez, Mario De La Rosa

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Abstract

Religion is a source of strength in Latina/o culture during challenging life transitions, such as the immigration process. Guided by a sociological stress-process model, this study examines relations between dimensions of religious coping, acculturative stress, and psychological distress among 530 young Latina women (ages 18-23 years) who recently immigrated to the United States (i.e., approximately 12 months prior to assessment). Higher levels of acculturative stress were associated with higher levels of psychological distress. Negative religious coping (i.e., the tendency to struggle with faith) moderated the relation between acculturative stress and psychological distress. Participants experiencing higher levels of acculturative stress reported greater psychological distress when they indicated more negative religious coping. Positive religious coping (i.e., the tendency to relate to faith with comfort and certainty) was not linked with acculturative stress or psychological distress. Implications for culturally tailored counseling interventions for this underserved and understudied population are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-236
Number of pages24
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

Keywords

  • Hispanic
  • Latina
  • acculturative stress
  • psychological distress
  • religious coping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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