Journal of Adolescent and Family Health
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Data on Hispanic immigrants links increased acculturation with behavioral health concerns, though most data focuses on adults and Mexican-Americans. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that acculturation and acculturative stress act as predictors of increased body mass index (BMI) and decreased sleep in a sample of 62 recently immigrated Central American adolescents. Findings indicated a significant link between increased language acculturation and decreased sleep in bivariate analyses, but failed to confirm relations using multivariate methods or document relations to weight. Preliminary conclusions suggest that concerns regarding obesity documented in other immigrant groups may not be relevant among adolescents from Central America but decreased sleep duration may be related to acculturation in this group.
Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene
Arreola, Aleyda and Venta, Amanda
"Preliminary Data on the Relation between Acculturation, Weight, and Sleep in Recently Immigrated Adolescents from Central America,"
Journal of Adolescent and Family Health: Vol. 11:
1, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/jafh/vol11/iss1/1