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Title: Acculturation Strategies and its Effect on Depressive Symptoms in the Brazilian Immigrant Community in the Greater Toronto Area
Authors: Costa, Iara Regina Da
Advisor: Moodley, Roy
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: Acculturation Strategies
Depressive Symptoms
Brazilian Immigrants
Critical Multicultural Counselling
Mental Health Promotion
Issue Date: 30-Jul-2008
Abstract: Among several difficulties associated with immigration, acculturation process has been recognized as one of the main stressors and one of the major risk factors associated in the incidence of mental disorders. The strategies adopted by individuals to deal with the acculturation process appear to be predictive of different mental health outcomes. This exploratory study investigated the relationship between acculturation strategies and the occurrence of symptoms of depression in the context of the Brazilian immigrant community living in the Greater Toronto Area. The results demonstrated that Separation and Assimilation were the predominant strategies for this sample and that acculturation strategies failed to serve as significant predictors of depression scores. However, participants with Separation as their predominant acculturation strategy exhibited higher depressive symptom endorsement. The significance of these findings in the context of previous research as well as its implications for future research and critical multicultural practice in mental health are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/11137
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