College of Education Theses and Dissertations

Title

The Impact of Race Race-Related Stress, Acculturation, and Ethnic Identity on Latinas/os Quality of Life, Self-Esteem, and Life Satisfaction

Date of Award

8-9-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Counseling and Human Services

First Advisor

Dr. Darrick Tovar-Murray

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between race-related stress, acculturation,

ethnic identity and well-being of Latina/o individuals. The purpose of this study was to

investigate the relationship between race-related stress, acculturation, and ethnic identity

on a sample population of 200 adult Latina/o individuals, to explore its relationship to

Latinas/os quality of life, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. There were 165 females and

35 males that participated in this study. Results from the hierarchical multiple regression

analysis showed that race-related stress and acculturation were significant predictors for

Latinas/os quality of life, and race-related stress was a significant predictor for Latinas/os

self-esteem and life satisfaction. Current findings suggested that race-related stress

is closely associated with a decrease in Latinas/os quality of life and well-being.

This study highlights the urgency to create appropriate counseling interventions,

community programs, and policies to address the obvious inequalities some Latinas/os

face. It’s importance for future studies to address the race-related stress

response and how it impacts Latinas/os mentally, emotionally, and physically.

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