Changes in Family Cohesion and Acculturative Stress among Recent Latino Immigrants

Gladys E. Ibañez, Frank Dillon, Mariana Sanchez, Mario de la Rosa, Li Tan, Maria Elena Villar

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Family relationships can serve as an important source of support during the acculturation process; yet, how the stress related to acculturation, or acculturative stress, may impact family functioning across time is not clear. Participants (N = 479) between the ages of 18 and 34 were recruited using respondent-driven sampling methodology. Findings suggest family cohesion decreased over time; however, it decreased less for those reporting more acculturative stress. The implication is that for those Latino immigrants who struggle to adapt to their new host culture, family remains a source of support more so than for those who do not struggle as much.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-234
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Hispanic
  • Latino
  • acculturative stress
  • family
  • family cohesion
  • immigrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education


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