Acculturation and self-esteem among older Mexican Americans

D. Meyler, J. P. Stimpson, Mary Peek

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Abstract

Several researchers have examined how acculturation shapes the self-esteem of adolescents, but few studies have looked at the influence of acculturation for older Mexican Americans. The aim of this study was to examine how language acculturation shaped the self-esteem of older Mexican Americans. The data come from the baseline wave ( N=3050) of the ongoing Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (H-EPESE), a multistage area probability sample conducted in 1993 and 1994. Research revealed that language acculturation is positively associated with self-esteem. However, depressive symptoms mediate and moderate the association of acculturation on self-esteem. Language acculturation among older Mexican Americans is positively associated with self-esteem, even when individuals experience depressive symptoms. Findings suggest that acculturation influences multiple dimensions of mental health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-186
Number of pages5
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2006

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Acculturation and self-esteem among older Mexican Americans. / Meyler, D.; Stimpson, J. P.; Peek, Mary.

In: Aging and Mental Health, Vol. 10, No. 2, 03.2006, p. 182-186.

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Meyler, D. ; Stimpson, J. P. ; Peek, Mary. / Acculturation and self-esteem among older Mexican Americans. In: Aging and Mental Health. 2006 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 182-186.
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