Research has shown that Latinas in the United States are experiencing mental health problems, specifically depression. Although extensive research has focused on cultural factors, such as acculturation, in its relationship with depression in Latino/as, very little research has focused on the effect of marianismo in depression in Latinas. The literature has shown that marianismo, a traditional gender role ideology, can have positive and negative impact in the lives of Latinas.Due to these mixed findings, the current study examined whether acculturation acts as a moderator between marianismo and depression. A total of 61 Latinas participated in the study by completing three surveys online. Results showed that overall, Latinas reported low levels of depressive symptoms. Acculturation did not significantly moderate the relationship between marianismo and depression. However, there were significant main effects of marianismo and acculturation in depression in Latinas. Specifically, as marianismo beliefs in Latinas decreased, depression levels decreased, and as acculturation increased, depression levels decreased.
|Advisor:||Brown, Danice L.|
|Commitee:||Pettibone, Jonathan, Pomerantz, Andrew|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Womens studies, Clinical psychology, Public policy, Ethnic studies, Hispanic American studies|
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