Personal and interpersonal mediators linking acculturation stress to aggressive behavior in latino adolescents

Paul Richard Smokowski, Rachel Lee Buchanan, Martica Bacallao

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Abstract

This chapter discusses a study that we conducted to examine pathways that lead to aggressive behavior in Latino adolescents. Adolescent mental health, risk-taking, family environment, and friendships with peers were investigated as potential mediators linking acculturation stress to adolescent aggression. Path analyses were conducted using data collected at 3 time points from a sample of 286 adolescents, 66% of whom were born outside of the United States. Our findings indicated that acculturation stressors, rather than assimilation measures, were associated with baseline aggression, Time 2 parent-adolescent conflict, and Time 2 adolescent substance use. We trace mediation pathways through internalizing problems, parent-adolescent conflict, negative friend associations, and adolescent substance use to incidence of aggressive behavior 6 months later. Findings show involvement in Latino culture is an asset positively connected to familism and self-esteem, and ultimately leads to lower levels of adolescent aggression. The discussion includes implications for practice and study limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice: Causes, Intervention and Treatment Programs
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages205-224
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781616680114
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Culture.
  • Depression
  • Immigrants
  • Internalizing problems
  • Latinos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Smokowski, P. R., Buchanan, R. L., & Bacallao, M. (2010). Personal and interpersonal mediators linking acculturation stress to aggressive behavior in latino adolescents. In Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice: Causes, Intervention and Treatment Programs (pp. 205-224). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

Personal and interpersonal mediators linking acculturation stress to aggressive behavior in latino adolescents. / Smokowski, Paul Richard; Buchanan, Rachel Lee; Bacallao, Martica.

Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice: Causes, Intervention and Treatment Programs. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2010. p. 205-224.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Smokowski, PR, Buchanan, RL & Bacallao, M 2010, Personal and interpersonal mediators linking acculturation stress to aggressive behavior in latino adolescents. in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice: Causes, Intervention and Treatment Programs. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 205-224.
Smokowski PR, Buchanan RL, Bacallao M. Personal and interpersonal mediators linking acculturation stress to aggressive behavior in latino adolescents. In Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice: Causes, Intervention and Treatment Programs. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2010. p. 205-224
Smokowski, Paul Richard ; Buchanan, Rachel Lee ; Bacallao, Martica. / Personal and interpersonal mediators linking acculturation stress to aggressive behavior in latino adolescents. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice: Causes, Intervention and Treatment Programs. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2010. pp. 205-224
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