Acculturative Stress, Self-Esteem, and Eating Pathology in Latina and Asian American Female College Students

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Objective: The overarching purpose of this study was to explore the relationships among acculturative stress, self-esteem, and eating pathology in Asian American and Latina female college students. Method: Participants (N = 638, mean age = 19.88) completed self-report measures of the variables of interest online. Results: Bivariate correlations indicated that for women of both ethnic groups, acculturative stress was negatively correlated with self-esteem and positively correlated with eating pathology. Multigroup structural equation modeling indicated that for Asian American and Latina women, self-esteem partially mediated the relationship between acculturative stress and eating pathology. However, self-esteem did not serve as a significant moderator of this relationship for either ethnic group. Conclusion: Overall, data suggest that acculturative stress is associated with increased eating pathology and self-esteem may mediate this relationship. These relationships suggest that assessment of eating pathology and self-esteem may be indicated for women presenting clinically with acculturative stress concerns. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., a Wiley Company.


Acculturative stress; Asian American women; Eating pathology; Latina/Hispanic women; Self-esteem

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