School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Stacey Lilley


Exploring Immigration, Acculturation Stressors, Immigrants, Acculturation, Positive and Negative Factors Related to Migration


Counseling | Education | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Among the literature, various stressors related to acculturation between immigrants. The goal of this study is to recognize factors that take place when immigrating to the United States. Unfortunately, studies have found most Latinos experience high levels of stress regardless of age and gender. Recognizing those factors that increase stressors can help immigrants from Latin America to cope with stressors and avoid mental health problems during the acculturation process. As the Latino population continues to grow, it is critical for mental health professionals to learn about the Latino culture and the factors that create mental health problems to better diagnose and assist immigrants. Helping immigrants to smoothly adjust and cope with stressors and depression would benefit our society. Most of the stressors related to acculturation are as a result of adjusting to a new culture, learning a new language, lack of social support and friends; difficulty obtaining a job, and experiencing discrimination because of background, language, and religious practices.