Latino/a young adults’ experiences of acculturative stress, depressive symptoms, and romantic relationship commitment: Ethnic identity as protective

Sahitya Maiya, Sarah E. Killoren, J. Kale Monk, Gabrielle C. Kline, Fiorella L.Carlos Chavez

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Abstract

We examined the direct and indirect effects of acculturative stress via depressive symptoms on romantic relationship commitment, and the moderating role of ethnic identity (EI) in these associations. Participants included 475 Latino/a young adults (61% women; Mage = 25 years). Using conditional process modeling, we found that Latino/a young adults experiencing acculturative stress displayed greater depressive symptoms, which in turn, resulted in lower relationship commitment. Acculturative stress was also directly related to relationship commitment. EI buffered the negative effects of acculturative stress on relationship commitment. Discussion focuses on the interplay of EI and depressive symptoms for the relationship commitment of Latino/a young adults experiencing acculturative stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1738-1749
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cultural stress
  • Latino/a young adults
  • depression
  • ethnic identity
  • relationship quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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