Attempting to successfully straddle the cultural divide: Hopelessness model of bicultural stress, mental health, and caregiver connection for Mexican descent adolescents

Brandy Watson, Jasmin Llamas, Angela Stevens

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Abstract

The present study extends the Hopelessness Model of Depression through: 1) investigating the applicability of bicultural stress as precipitant in this model, 2) expanding mental health outcomes in addition to depression (i.e., life satisfaction), and 3) examining the protective role that male and female caregiver connection may play in disrupting this model for Mexican descent adolescents. With a sample of 524 Mexican descent adolescents (46.9% male; 53.1% female; Age range: 14-20; M = 16.23 years; SD = 1.10 years), two structural equation models were tested, The first model (Theoretical Model) sought to determine the relationship between bicultural stress, life satisfaction, and depressive symptoms with hopelessness as a mediator. The second model (Protective Factor Model) investigated both male and female caregiver connectedness as potential protective factors in the bicultural stress-mental health relationships. Both models were supported. In the Theoretical Model, hopelessness med
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)670-681
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
StatePublished - 2015

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