Influence of Family Perceptions of Acting White on Acculturative Stress in African American College Students Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined family-oriented stressors on acculturative stress in 83 African American college students attending a predominately White university. Results showed that family pressure for participants not to acculturate, pressure to maintain ethnic group language, perception of Acting White, and acculturation level were related to higher acculturative stress for participants. After controlling for acculturation and general stress, family pressure to maintain the ethnic group's language and perception of Acting White accounted for a statistically significant proportion of the variance in acculturation stress. The findings emphasize the need to recognize culture-specific stressors of college students. Implications for mental health providers are discussed. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010.

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altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Thompson, K. V., Lightfoot, N. L., Castillo, L. G., & Hurst, M. L.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Thompson, Keisha V||Lightfoot, Nicole L||Castillo, Linda G||Hurst, Morgan L

publication date

  • April 2010