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2011 - ISPP 34th Annual Scientific Meeting Words: 155 words || 
1. Geschke, Daniel., Frindte, Wolfgang., Schiefer, David., Moellering, Anna. and Schurz, Katharina. "Acculturation as an interactive, intergroup process: Migrants‘ and non-migrants’ acculturation goals, acculturation goal perceptions and their discrepancies as predictors of attitudes towards outgroups" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 34th Annual Scientific Meeting, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey, <Not Available>. 2019-10-22 <>
Publication Type: Paper (prepared oral presentation)
Abstract: Acculturation processes and intercultural relations are dynamic intergroup phenomena. Building on this notion, Interactive Models of Acculturation posit that the quality of intergroup relations between culturally different groups depends on the degree of discrepancy between their acculturation goals. Higher discrepancies are assumed to lead to more problematic intergroup relations. This assumption was tested in a two-wave longitudinal survey study with N = 435 participants (N = 358 with a migration background). Their perceptions of discrepancies between their own acculturation goals and their assumptions about the other group’s acculturation goals were related to their prejudice towards the other group. Cross-sectionally, support for the underlying hypothesis was found: Higher acculturation goal discrepancies were positively related to prejudice. However, the longitudinal analyses revealed that prejudice against the respective out-group is a predictor rather than an outcome of perceived acculturation goal discrepancies. Implications regarding acculturation theory and practical suggestions for the harmonization of intercultural and intergroup relations are discussed.

2012 - NLPA Biennial Conference Words: 499 words || 
2. Capielo, Cristalís. "Acculturation, acculturative stress and self-reported anxiety and depression among Puerto Ricans in Central Florida" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NLPA Biennial Conference, The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ, <Not Available>. 2019-10-22 <>
Publication Type: Abstract
Abstract: Acculturation is an important factor to consider when researching and working with racial and ethnic minorities (Rivera, 2010). The impact of acculturation and acculturative stress on the mental and physical health of Latinas/os has received much attention. Acculturation influences mental health outcomes and mental health care utilization among ethnic groups (Alegría et al., 2007). Stressors such as, language differences, loss of family support, fear of deportation and racial and ethnic discrimination may lead to adverse psychological health. Although some studies have pointed to the relationship between acculturation and poor mental health outcomes among Latinas/os, most data collection efforts do not account for the diversity of Latina/o subgroups (Rivera & Burgos, 2011).

Latina/o subgroups in the United States share commonalities such as the use of the Spanish language, Catholic religious roots, and Spanish colonialism (Baker, 2002). Despite the apparent likeness, important differences are often blurred with the use of the Latino or Hispanic label. Research indicates that there are important differences in the effects of acculturation among different Latina/o subgroups (Lara et al., 2005). However, the role of acculturation on Latinas/os’ mental health has mostly been examined among individuals of Mexican descent. Few studies have documented the diverse effects the acculturative experience may have in Mexican versus Puerto Ricans. Investigators should study how possible differences in the acculturative process affect mental health outcomes across Latina/o groups. Studies about acculturation among Puerto Ricans continue to be sparse and mostly demographical in nature. It is important to examine the psychological contextual factors of race, ethnicity, language, gender, discrimination and socioeconomic status affecting this population.

Puerto Ricans represent the second largest Latina/o subgroup in the United States (Collazo, Ryan & Bauman, 2010). The 2010 American Community Survey revealed that the Puerto Rican population in the United States mainland exceeded the population in the island of Puerto Rico (4.7 million vs. 3.8 million). Despite the large Puerto Rican representation in the US mainland, very few attempts have been made to create an appropriate profile of the social, health, and economic characteristics of this group. When compared to other Latina/o communities in the United States, Puerto Ricans present worst economic, educational and health profiles (Rivera & Burgos, 2011). Also important, the Puerto Rican community is a group on the move. From 2000 to 2009, Central Florida experienced a 64.56% increase in the Puerto Rican population; making Florida the second largest enclave of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. Studying this new Puerto Rican settlement can elucidate how regional differences may influence acculturation.

Given that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens by birth and exposed to the U.S. culture prior to their migration to the mainland U.S., important questions arise about the consequences of acculturation on the mental health of this group. For instance, are Puerto Ricans experiencing an accelerated rate of acculturation? Are Puerto Ricans benefiting from the Latina/o health paradox? The proposed presentation will disseminate results from a current study examining the relationship between acculturation, acculturative stress and self-reported anxiety and depression in Central Florida Puerto Ricans.

2011 - SCRA Biennial Meeting Words: 300 words || 
3. Tasker, Timothy., Bynum, Lindsay., Trickett, Edison. and Vinokurov, Andrey. "Acculturative stress: Community, acculturative, and demographic predictors among former Soviet adolescents and elderly" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SCRA Biennial Meeting, Roosevelt University/Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL, Jun 15, 2011 <Not Available>. 2019-10-22 <>
Publication Type: Poster
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The process of migration and subsequent acculturation of immigrants and refugees has long been a topic of interest to community psychology (Birman, 1994). More specifically, the stress and coping process has been studied in multiple groups, including Vietnamese (Liebkind, 1996), Japanese (Padilla, Wagatsuma, & Lindholm, 1985), Iranian (Werkuyten & Nekuee, 1999), Turkish (Virta & Westin, 2004), and former Soviets (Roytburd & Friedlander, 2008), with acculturative stress being a focal point. Acculturative stress refers to those stressors that become salient as a function of being in a new and often culturally foreign environment. The purpose of this poster is twofold: (1) to describe the processes through which measures of acculturative stress were developed for both adolescents and elderly refugees from the former Soviet Union; and (2) to present research on the community, acculturative, and demographic predictors of these stresses for both of these generations (N=225 for adolescents and N=360 for elderly). This study was conducted in two communities that differed in ethnic density of former Soviet immigrants (Birman, Trickett, & Buchanan, 2005). Focus groups and individual interviews with adolescents and elderly were first conducted to generate life domains where acculturative stresses occurred and identify specific events within those domains that triggered it. As is customary in the stress literature, the resulting items asked both about the occurrence and severity of the stress caused by the event. Subsequent surveys of adolescents and elderly were conducted to gather normative data on the acculturative stress measures and additional information about demographic and acculturative predictors of these stresses. The poster presents data on the community, acculturative, and demographic differences in predictors of acculturative stress for both adolescents and elderly. Findings will highlight the role of community differences, acculturative status, and demographic characteristics as predictors of acculturative stress. Implications for research and intervention will be drawn.

2012 - NLPA Biennial Conference Words: 490 words || 
4. Tafoya, Marsha. and Galliher, Renee. "Concurrent and Longitudinal Links among Acculturation, Acculturative Stress, Ethnic Identity, and Psychosocial Health among Latina/o Adolescents" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NLPA Biennial Conference, The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ, <Not Available>. 2019-10-22 <>
Publication Type: Abstract
Abstract: Latina/o adolescent adjustment links acculturation processes to experiences of acculturative stress, highlighting pathways to maladjustment via acculturative stress. Positive, coherent ethnic identification is posited as a protective factor in youth adjustment and acculturation processes. However, studies have not simultaneously assessed acculturation, acculturative stress, and ethnic identification, as they link to each other and to psychosocial outcomes. The current study examines associations among all three and youth reports of school belonging and delinquent behaviors, both concurrently and longitudinally across one year.

Participants were 206 Latina/o high school students (121 females, 84 males) – mean age
= 15.79 years. Approximately 75% were of Mexican descent, the remaining 25% were from other Central and South American countries. One year later, 107 adolescents completed follow up assessment (65 females, 42 males; mean age 16.41 years). Participants completed an online survey at their school which included the Societal, Attitudinal, Familial, and Environmental Acculturative Stress Scale (SAFE), the Brief Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican-Americans-II (ARSMA-II), the Multiethnic Identity Measure (MEIM), the delinquency scale of the Youth Self Report, and the Psychological Sense of School Belonging Scale.

Results indicated that acculturative stress was significantly and moderately linked to
delinquent behaviors and school belonging for males at Time 1 and Time 2 (r = -.44 and -.32 for
school belonging; .36 and .33 for delinquent behaviors). Acculturative stress was linked to
school belonging for females (Time 1 r = -.22; Time 2 r = -.31). The affirmation/belonging scale
of the MEIM was related to delinquency (r = -.20) and school belonging (r = .20) for females at
Time 1, and the Anglo Orientation scale of the ARSMA-II was related to school belonging for
females at Time 2 (r = .30). For males, Mexican Orientation was linked to school belonging at
Time 1 (r = -.23) and Anglo Orientation was linked to delinquency at Time 2 (r = -.37).

Few longitudinal links emerged between the acculturation and ethnic identification measures and psychosocial health. Females’ Anglo Orientation was associated with school belonging longitudinally (r = .40). Further, there was stability across time in each measure of acculturation and ethnic identification. Correlations between Time 1 scores on the ARSMA, SAFE, and MEIM were significantly correlated with Time 2 scores on the same scales. However, there were very few significant links among the acculturation, acculturative stress, and ethic identification variables. For example, acculturative stress was linked concurrently with higher Mexican Orientation and lower Anglo Orientation for males, but no longitudinal links were observed. Also for males, Mexican Orientation was linked longitudinally to MEIM scores. No significant links were observed for females among acculturation, acculturative stress, and ethnic identification.

Findings support previous research emphasizing the negative correlates of acculturative stress for both male and female adolescents, and for females suggested a protective function of ethnic identity exploration/affirmation. However, the absence of longitudinal effects of acculturative stress and the negligible relationships among acculturation, acculturative stress, and ethnic identity suggests that additional research is necessary to understand the roots, stability, and protective factors against acculturative stress.

2015 - 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action Words: 558 words || 
5. Mannarini, Terri. "Sense of community and attitudes towards immigrants’ acculturation processes. An application of the Relative Acculturation Extended Model" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, Lowell, MA, <Not Available>. 2019-10-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Studies on sense of community (SoC) and inter-ethnic exchanges show divergent findings, globally suggesting that the relation between community belonging and the attitude towards those who are perceived as being outside the community boundaries (such as the immigrants) is far from being linear (Castellini, Colombo, Maffeis, & Montali, 2011; Mannarini, Rochira, & Talò, 2012). Some studies have concluded that the coexistence of different ethnic groups in the same territorial area does not affect the feelings of attachment that people have established with their community of residence (Prezza, Zampatti, Pacilli, & Paoliello, 2008). However, other studies have claimed that the ethnic heterogeneity does make a difference depending on the degree of familiarity among the host group and the immigrants (Hombrados-Mendieta, Gómez-Jacinto, Domínguez-Fuentes, & García-Leiva, 2013). These controversial findings suggest that the attitudes of the host society towards immigrants’ acculturation strategies are likely to be affected by an array of community-related variables. A pilot study, which involved 301 native-born Italians living in a limited area of South Italy, was designed to explore the relationships between a set of community-related variables, namely SoC, community resilience, and community engagement, and the attitudes towards the acculturation strategies that the host group would like the immigrants to adopt in different domains (family, friends, workplace, etc.). Specifically, the Relative Acculturation Extended Model by Navas, Garcia, Sánchez, Rojas, Pumares and Fernández (2005) was used as the theoretical framework to identify attitudes and domains, and the Albanian group (the largest foreign community in the territorial area surveyed) was chosen as the targeted immigrant group. Moreover, the moderating role of two more variables was tested, namely the level of contact with the immigrant group, and the perceived quality of the relationships between the host and immigrant groups. Analyses are underway.

Castellini, F., Colombo, M., Maffeis, D., & Montali, L. (2011). Sense of community and interethnic relations: Comparing local communities varying in ethnic heterogeneity. Journal of Community Psychology, 39, 663–677.

Hombrados-Mendieta, M. I., Gómez-Jacinto, L., Domínguez-Fuentes, J. M., & García-Leiva, P. (2013). Sense of community and satisfaction with life among immigrants and the native population. Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 601–614.

Mannarini, T., Rochira, A., & Talò, C. (2012). How identification processes and inter-community relationships affect sense of community. Journal of Community Psychology, 40, 951–967.

Mannarini, T. & Fedi, A. (2009). Multiple senses of community: The experience and meaning of community. Journal of Community Psychology, 37, 2, 211-227.

Mannarini, T. & Rochira, A. (2014). “Does community make any sense?”. A semantic analysis of the meanings of the term community among Albanian immigrants and Italian majority residents. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 10, 672-693.

Mannarini, T., Rochira, A,. & Talò, C. (2012). How identification processes and inter-community relationships affect sense of community. Journal of Community Psychology, 40, 8, 951-967.

Mannarini, T., Talò, C. & Gelli, B. (2014). Sense of community, empowerment and social action. Psicología Politica, 48, 7-24.

Navas, M., Garcìa, M. C., Sánchez, J., Rojas, A. J., Pumares, P., & Fernández, J. S. (2005). Relative Acculturation Extended Model (RAEM): New contributions with regard to the study of acculturation. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 29, 21–37.

Prezza, M., Zampatti, E., Pacilli, M. G., & Paoliello, A. (2008). Territorial sense of community, ethnic prejudice and political orientation. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 18, 315–332.

Talò, C., Mannarin,i T., & Rochira, A. (2014). Sense of community and community participation: A meta-analytic review. Social Indicators Research, 117, 1-28.

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