Interactive Effect of Immigration-Related Factors with Legal and Discrimination Acculturative Stress in Predicting Depression Among Asian American Immigrants

Author(s): Shipra SINGH ; Amy Jo SCHULZ ; Harold W. NEIGHBORS ; Derek M. GRIFFITH

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10597-016-0064-9

Abstract

This study examined the impact of discrimination and legal acculturative stress on Major Depression Episode lifetime among Asian American immigrants. It further examined the role of immigration related-factors (age at immigration, reason for immigration, and years spent in the U.S.) on the relationship of acculturative stress and Major Depression Episode lifetime. The National Latino and Asian American Study 2002–2003 dataset was used. The study findings were: (1) high discrimination and legal acculturative stress were associated with Major Depression Episode lifetime; (2) age at immigration buffered the relationship of discrimination acculturative stress and Major Depression Episode lifetime as well as the relationship of legal acculturative stress and Major Depression Episode lifetime; and (3) years spent in the U.S. buffered the relationship of discrimination acculturative stress and Major Depression Episode lifetime only. These findings highlight the complex relationship of factors that impact the mental health of the Asian American immigrants.

Keywords

Depression, Asian American, Acculturation stress, Immigration factors, Discrimination, Legal stress

Tags: United States, Asian Americans, Immigrants, Acculturative stress, Depression Discrimination

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