Adverse Childhood Experiences and Depressive Symptoms among Young Adult Hispanic Immigrants: Moderating and Mediating Effects of Distinct Facets of Acculturation Stress.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Hispanic immigrants experience more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and depressive symptom chronicity/severity than non-Hispanic peers. Acculturation stress relates to both depressive symptoms and ACEs, but the mechanism is not well-understood. We conducted a secondary data analysis of baseline data, from an ongoing longitudinal study to test theoretically-based mediating and moderating effects of acculturation stress on the relationship between ACEs and depression in a sample of young adult Hispanic immigrants (N  = 391). Results indicated ACEs predicted depressive symptoms. Mediation and moderation effects were significant for cumulative and distinct facets of acculturation stress. Implications for mental health nurses are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bravo, LG; Nagy, GA; Stafford, AM; McCabe, BE; Gonzalez-Guarda, RM

Published Date

  • September 15, 2021

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 11

PubMed ID

  • 34524941

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-4673

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0161-2840

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01612840.2021.1972190


  • eng