Title

Multicultural effectiveness training for Hispanic immigrants

Date of Award

1998

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Annette M. La Greca, Committee Chair

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a multicultural intervention designed for Hispanic immigrants. Two hundred immigrants from Central and South America and the Caribbean participated in the study. Participants were randomly assigned to one of two conditions: treatment or control. The treatment consisted of participation in Multicultural Effectiveness Training-Revised, a psychoeducational curriculum designed to increase multiculturalism and reduce the stress associated with the acculturation process. It was hypothesized participants in the treatment group would report greater levels of acculturation, family functioning, and social support than participants in the control group. It was also hypothesized participants in the treatment group would report lower levels of depression, anxiety, and immigrant stress than participants in the control group.Results indicated the treatment group reported higher levels of acculturation than the control group, but only as reflected by one measure of acculturation. Results also revealed that the treatment group reported lower levels of depression, anxiety, and immigrant stress than the control group. Additionally, treatment group participants reported greater perceived social support than control group participants. Finally, no differences were noted between the groups in the realm of family functioning.

Keywords

Anthropology, Cultural; Psychology, Clinical; Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

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