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Acculturative Stress Among Documented and Undocumented Latino Immigrants in the United States

Author: Arbona, Consuelo
Date Published: 2010

This research document sought to determine the combined and unique association of legal status, three immigrations related challenges: separation of family, traditionality, and language difficulties, and fear of deportation to acculturative stress related to family and other social contexts. Results indicated that although undocumented immigrants reported higher levels of the immigration challenges of separation from family, traditionality, and language difficulties than documented workers, both groups reported similar levels of fear of deportation. Results also indicated that the immigration challenges and undocumented status were uniquely associated with extrafamilial acculturative stress but not with interfamilial acculturative stress. Only fear of deportation emerged as a unique indicator of both extrafamilial and interfamilial acculturative stress.

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