Family mediators of the relation between acculturation and adolescent mental health

Nancy Gonzales, Julianna Deardorff, Diana Formoso, Alicia Barr, Manuel Barrera

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This study of 175 Mexican-origin families examined a mediational model linking the linguistic acculturation of mothers and adolescents with a wide array of family mediators and adolescent mental health outcomes. Family linguistic acculturation, a latent construct based on maternal and adolescent acculturation, was positively related to increased family and interparental conflict but was not related to maternal parenting practices. Family conflict mediated the link between acculturation and two adolescent outcomes, conduct problems and depressive symptoms. Family acculturation showed a complex pattern of positive, indirect (mediated) and negative, direct effects on adolescent depressive symptoms. Findings are discussed in relation to traditional cultural values of Mexican heritage families and prevailing theories about why more acculturated Mexican-origin youth are at increased risk for problem behaviors. Copyrith 2006 by the National Council on Family Relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-330
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006


  • Acculturation
  • Adolescence
  • Conduct problems
  • Depression
  • Family conflict
  • Mexican
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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