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Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 385–398 | Cite as

Acculturation and Latino Adolescent Mental Health: Integration of Individual, Environmental, and Family Influences

  • Kathryn E. Lawton
  • Alyson C. Gerdes
Article

Abstract

In order to address the mental health disparities that exist for Latino adolescents in the United States, psychologists must understand specific factors that contribute to the high risk of mental health problems in Latino youth. Given the significant percentage of Latino youth who are immigrants or the children of immigrants, acculturation is a key factor in understanding mental health among this population. However, limitations in the conceptualization and measurement of acculturation have led to conflicting findings in the literature. Thus, the goal of the current review is to examine and critique research linking acculturation and mental health outcomes for Latino youth, as well as to integrate individual, environmental, and family influences of this relationship. An integrated theoretical model is presented and implications for clinical practice and future directions are discussed.

Keywords

Acculturation Latinos Mental health Adolescents Family functioning 

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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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