The relationship between acculturation and problem behavior proneness in a hispanic youth sample: A longitudinal mediation model

Khanh T. Dinh, Mark W. Roosa, Jenn-Yun Tein, Vera Lopez

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This study, using secondary data analysis, examined prospectively a mediation model of the relationship between acculturation and problem behavior proneness among 330 Hispanic children and adolescents from an urban school district in the southwest region of the United States. Acculturation was predicted to have an indirect, but positive, relationship to problem behavior proneness through parental involvement and self-esteem. The results partially supported the model and indicated that parental involvement, but not self-esteem, played a significant mediational role in children's problem behavior proneness. The individual indicators of problem behavior proneness among Hispanic youth were significantly interrelated, which is consistent with problem behavior theory as conceptualized by R. Jessor (1984) and R. Jessor and S. L. lessor (1977). Findings from this study provide implications for future research and intervention designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-309
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2002



  • Acculturation
  • Hispanic youth
  • Parental involvement
  • Problem behavior proneness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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