Family Cohesion Moderates the Relationship between Acculturative Stress and Depression in Japanese Adolescent Temporary Residents

Michelle E. Roley, Ryoko Kawakami, Jessica Baker, Gabriela Hurtado, Andrew Chin, Joseph D. Hovey

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Abstract

Acculturative stress is a risk factor for depression, and may be important in the risk for depression among acculturating Japanese adolescents. However, little to no research has been published on the mental health of acculturating Japanese adolescents. Further, although family cohesion has been shown to be protective against depression across ethnic groups, no prior research has examined family cohesion as a protective factor for Japanese adolescents. To examine these relationships, 26 Japanese temporary resident adolescents and 76 parents in the Midwest were recruited to participate. Moderate to strong correlations between acculturative stress, depression, likelihood for and seriousness of family conflict were found. A regression analysis found that likelihood for family conflict moderated the relationship between acculturative stress and depression. Findings broaden our understanding of the role of acculturative stress and family conflict on depression risk for Japanese adolescent immigrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1299-1302
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 30 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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