Ethnic Identity And Acculturative Stress As Mediators Of Depression

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Current Educational Issue Paper: “Ethnic Identity and Acculturative Stress as Mediators of Depression in Students of Asian Descent”

In the article, “Ethnic Identity and Acculturative Stress as Mediators of Depression in Students of Asian Descent,” the matter of the well-being of college students of Asian descent--because these students had higher rates of depression is addressed (Lantrip, Mazzetti, Grasso, Gill, Miller, Haner, Rude & Awad, 2012). In my current college education, I can say that, like most other college students, I’ve experienced stress in both physically, mentally and emotionally. However, the research shown in this article is specific to those of Asian descent, including me, and how our culture affects our emotional state. “A particular type of stress that can affect ethnic minorities and immigrants is acculturative stress” (Lantrip, et al. 2012). According to Roysircai -Sodowsky, the definition of acculturative stress is “the reaction to intercultural contact or the cultural adaptation process” (Torres, Driscoll, & Voell, 2012). The main article goes on to state that acculturative stress is a risk factor for mental health, which in turn may affect the Asian students’ depressive symptomatology. It is interesting to read this because I feel as though this is the case with all foreign-exchange students of all races. I will be attending the Korean Adventist university next semester; somehow, I feel like my situation will be similar to the foreign exchange…

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