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Title The Moderating Effect of Family Functioning on the Well-Being of Adolescent Immigrants Who Experience Acculturation Distress
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Degree PhD
Discipline/Department Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher University of Akron
Abstract The purpose of this research study was to explore if family functioning as perceived by immigrant adolescents (N = 1849), moderates the relationship between felt discrimination and well-being outcomes, through the lens of Structural Family Therapy (SFT). The baseline wave data from Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study was used to conduct the study. Exploratory research questions were analyzed prior to analyzing the moderating role of family functioning: a t-test to analyze the difference in well-being based on discrimination status; a cluster analysis to ascertain family functioning in terms of boundary categories; a t-test to explore the difference in well-being based on boundary category membership. The moderating effect of the perception of family boundaries, was determined with a regression analysis. The SFT family functioning concept was operationalized in order to quantify it. Analysis for exploratory research questions produced significant results. It was found that immigrant adolescents who reported discrimination also reported lower quality well-being, than those who did not report feeling discriminated. Two clusters of family functioning were detected, suggesting two categories of clear and unclear family boundaries. Further, it was found that participants who reported unclear family boundary also reported higher depression scores, than participants in the clear boundary cluster. Lastly, a moderating effect was found between discrimination and well-being outcomes.
Subjects/Keywords Psychotherapy; Immigration, Immigrant adolescents, Acculturation, Structural Family Therapy, Systemic therapy, Moderation model, Regression analysis
Contributors Jordan, Karen (Advisor)
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Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:akron1491572323676755
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Date Indexed 2020-10-19
Grantor University of Akron

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…85 10. t-test results comparing boundary categories on well-being ................................. 87 11. Summary of multiple regression analysis predicting well-being .......................... 89 x LIST OF FIGURES Figure Page 1. Moderation…

…of how they relate to the subject of immigrant adolescents. First, the general process of immigration is provided, with the focus on the acculturation process examined through the analysis of existing acculturation models. A specific acculturation…

…Data Analysis Strategy...................................................................................... 71 Summary ........................................................................................................... 75 IV. RESULTS…

…77 Power Analysis ........................................................................................... 78 Deletion of Outliers and Assessment of Normality .................................... 79 Descriptive Statistics…

…BOUNDARY VARIABLES ................................................. 131 ix LIST OF TABLES Table Page 1. Data analysis summary table ................................................................................. 71 2. Missing data by item…

…were not born as U.S. citizens, and children of immigrants are either immigrants themselves or those who have at least one immigrant parent (Shields & Behrman, 2004). Various terms are used to define particular types of immigration experiences…

…brought the estimated total of foreign born individuals to 39,929 million, making up nearly 13% of the total U.S. population (Census, 2010). Furthermore, with the current world instability it is expected that refugee immigration into the United…

…the immigration process may disrupt this natural process. First, adolescents may become more dependent on their families, as they are faced with the uncertainty of the new culture (Berger, 1996; Neto, 2002). Second, they may not be accepted…

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