Social Support, Mental Health, Minorities, and Acculturative Stress

  • Deborah Goebert

The United States is experiencing a dramatic ethnic transformation, largely due to immigration rates and minority birth rates. Recent census data indicate that, by the year 2050, there will be an approximate 71% population increase among African Americans, a 213% increase for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and a 188% increase for Hispanic Americans (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004). These population increases underscore the importance of understanding the process of psychological adjustment within minority populations and the factors that contribute to this process.

The rate of psychological adjustment among minorities has been extensively studied with contradictory findings. Some researchers report higher rates of psychological distress, depression, and anxiety among minorities when compared to non-Hispanic whites, while others find similar rates. Researchers have generally agreed that minorities face multiple stressors, particularly acculturative stress, which can have deleterious...


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