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Int J Adv Couns. 2014 Jun 1;36(2):136-149.

Acculturative Stress and Depressive Symptomatology Among Mexican and Mexican American Students in the U.S.: Examining Associations with Cultural Incongruity and Intragroup Marginalization.

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Department of Health Disparities Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1400 Pressler Street, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
Department of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University, 704 Harrington Tower, College Station, TX 77843-4225, USA.
School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, 1925 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78712, USA.
Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, The University of Texas School of Public Health, 7000 Fannin Street, Suite 2558, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


This study examined associations of intragroup marginalization and cultural incongruity with acculturative stress and depressive symptoms among 155 undergraduate U.S. college students of Mexican heritage. Findings indicate that perceived interpersonal distancing by the family (intragroup marginalization) and perceived lack of cultural fit between the respondent and academic institution (cultural incongruity) had statistically significant direct and indirect effects on depressive symptoms via acculturative stress. Results also show that 39.7 % of the variance corresponding with depressive symptoms was accounted for by intragroup marginalization, cultural incongruity, acculturative stress, and other exogenous variables.


Cultural incongruity; Depressive symptoms; Marginalization; Mexican; Stress

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