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Marianismo, Depression, and Acculturation in Latina Women
by Navarro, Elbia, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2014, 58; 1583708
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Danice L.
Commitee: Pettibone, Jonathan, Pomerantz, Andrew
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
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
Publication Number: 1583708
ISBN: 978-1-321-55393-2
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