Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Ellen Flannery-Schroeder

Abstract

The present study aimed to further explore the established relationship between acculturative stress and diminished pediatric asthma outcomes in Latino populations. Three psychosocial variables related to pediatric asthma outcomes were predicted to mediate this relationship. Secondary data on pediatric asthma outcomes were analyzed using Structural Equation Modeling path analyses. Study results did not support the hypothesized mediating effect of the psychosocial variables. Rather, post hoc analyses indicated that the psychosocial variables moderated the relationship between acculturative stress and pediatric asthma outcomes. The significance of these findings in relation to pediatric asthma vulnerability and pediatric asthma interventions is discussed, and methodological recommendations are suggested for future research.

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