Cultural Differences in the Reciprocal Relations between Emotion Suppression Coping, Depressive Symptoms and Interpersonal Functioning among Adolescents

William Tsai, D. Julie Nguyen, Bahr Weiss, Victoria Ngo, Anna S. Lau

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Abstract

The current study examined the prospective relations between emotion suppression and maladjustment (i.e., depressive symptoms, family stress events, peer stress events, and family and peer support) among Vietnamese American (n = 372) and European American adolescents (n = 304). We found that at baseline Vietnamese Americans adolescents reported greater use of emotion suppression coping than European American adolescents. Multi-group structural equation modeling indicated that for European American teens emotion suppression was significantly related to increased depression symptoms and decreased quality of peer relationships. In contrast, for the Vietnamese Americans teens emotion suppression relations to later maladjustment was either nonsignificant or attenuated relative to the European American. These findings suggest ethnic group differences in both the utilization, and consequences and function of emotion suppression among Vietnamese American and European American adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-669
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Emotion suppression
  • Ethnicity
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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