Acculturative stress and bicultural stress: Psychological measurement and mental health

Andrea Romero, Brandy Piña-Watson

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This chapter discusses the concepts of acculturative and bicultural stress, the theory and method behind the measurement, and the implications of the US immigration policy context for stress. The central sources of acculturative and bicultural stress are reviewed, including intergroup discrimination, language stress, intragroup marginalization, and family cultural conflict. In particular, literature is reviewed that examines the association between mental health and acculturative or bicultural stress. Extant research does demonstrate that degree of stress varies for individuals and that acculturative/bicultural stress is experienced not only by immigrants but also by minorities in the United States. Therefore, the present chapter reviews literature that connects the acculturative/bicultural stress process across generations. The immigration context is considered for future research in the area of acculturation and stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Acculturation and Health
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780190215217
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Acculturative stress
  • Bicultural stress
  • Discrimination
  • Marginalization
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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