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
Master of Arts (MA)
Counseling and Human Services
Dr. Darrick Tovar-Murray
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.
Bedore, Nichole, "The Impact of Race Race-Related Stress, Acculturation, and Ethnic Identity on Latinas/os Quality of Life, Self-Esteem, and Life Satisfaction" (2012). College of Education Theses and Dissertations. 25.
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