Acculturation and self-esteem among older Mexican Americans

D. Meyler, J. P. Stimpson, M. K. Peek

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Several researchers have examined how acculturation shapes the self-esteem of adolescents, but few studies have looked at the influence of acculturation for older Mexican Americans. The aim of this study was to examine how language acculturation shaped the self-esteem of older Mexican Americans. The data come from the baseline wave ( N=3050) of the ongoing Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (H-EPESE), a multistage area probability sample conducted in 1993 and 1994. Research revealed that language acculturation is positively associated with self-esteem. However, depressive symptoms mediate and moderate the association of acculturation on self-esteem. Language acculturation among older Mexican Americans is positively associated with self-esteem, even when individuals experience depressive symptoms. Findings suggest that acculturation influences multiple dimensions of mental health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-186
Number of pages5
JournalAging and Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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