Stress within a bicultural context for adolescents of Mexican descent

Andrea J Romero, Robert E. Roberts

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Folkman and Lazarus's theory of stress and coping was used to develop a measure assessing the perceived stress within a bicultural context. Middle school students of Mexican descent (N = 881) reported their perceived stress from intergenerational acculturation gaps, within-group discrimination, out-group discrimination, and monolingual stress. Although immigrant youths reported more total number of stressors, U.S.-born youths reported more stress from needing better Spanish and impact of parents' culture. Immigrant youths reported more stress from needing better English in school. Higher stress was associated with more depressive symptoms for both U.S.-born and immigrant youths. Although this study has identified some elements of stress, it has not identified positive coping mechanisms of the bicultural context for Latino youths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-184
Number of pages14
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2003



  • Adolescent
  • Bicultural
  • Latino
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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