Acculturative stress and diminishing family cohesion among recent Latino immigrants

Frank R. Dillon, Mario De La Rosa, Gladys E. Ibañez

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This study investigates a theorized link between Latino immigrants' experience of acculturative stress during their two initial years in the United States (US) and declines in family cohesion from pre- to post-immigration contexts. This retrospective cohort study included 405 adult participants. Baseline assessment occurred during participants' first 12 months in the US. Follow-up assessment occurred during participants' second year in the US. General linear mixed models were used to estimate change in family cohesion and sociocultural correlates of this change. Inverse associations were determined between acculturative stress during initial years in the US and declines in family cohesion from pre-immigration to post-immigration contexts. Participants with undocumented immigration status, those with lower education levels, and those without family in the US generally indicated lower family cohesion. Participants who experienced more acculturative stress and those without family in the US evidenced a greater decline in family cohesion. Results are promising in terms of implications for health services for recent Latino immigrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-491
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Acculturative stress
  • Family cohesion
  • Immigration
  • Latino

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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