Mexican-origin youths’ language brokering for fathers and mothers: Daily experiences and youths’ diurnal cortisol slopes

Su Yeong Kim, Wen Wen, Shanting Chen, Jinjin Yan, Jiaxiu Song, Minyu Zhang, Katharine H. Zeiders

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This study examined the associations of language brokering stress intensity and exposure with Mexican-origin youths’ cortisol responses when brokering for fathers and mothers, and the moderating role of youths’ brokering efficacy in these relations. Participants were 289 adolescents (Mage = 17.38, SD =.94, 52% girls) in immigrant families. When brokering for mothers, stress exposure was related to flatter (less healthy) same-day diurnal slopes in youth. When brokering for fathers, daily brokering efficacy buffered the detrimental link between stress intensity and youths’ same-day cortisol slopes. When brokering for fathers/mothers, stress intensity and exposure were related to flatter (less healthy) next-day diurnal slopes. Although daily brokering stress can relate to youth physiologic functioning, feeling efficacious about brokering may buffer the negative ramifications of stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1106-1120
Number of pages15
JournalChild development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022


  • diurnal cortisol slope
  • efficacy
  • language brokering
  • stress exposure
  • stress intensity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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