Familial, academic, and interpersonal predictors of attributional style in Latino youth

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Niloofar Fallah (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Kari Eddington

Abstract: Objective: This study examined associations between family and school factors, attributional style and depressive symptoms in Latino adolescents. Familism and school social support were examined as moderators of the associations between parent-adolescent conflict, academic performance, and peer discrimination with attributional style. The association between context-specific attributional style (attributions in interpersonal vs. achievement domains) and depressive symptoms were also examined. Method: Self-reported ratings of parent-adolescent conflict, familism, academic performance, peer discrimination, school social support, attributional style and depressive symptoms were obtained from a sample of 170 middle school and high school Latino students. Results: Parent-adolescent conflict and peer discrimination significantly predicted maladaptive attributional style (overall), interpersonal attributional style, and achievement attributional style. Familism and school social support were not found to moderate these associations. Maladaptive interpersonal attributional style significantly predicted greater depressive symptoms. Conclusions: Results suggest parent-adolescent conflict and peer discrimination may significantly influence the development of maladaptive attributional styles among Latino youth. Discussion surrounds interpretation of these effects within the context of the extant literature on the etiology and treatment of depressive symptoms in Latino youth.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
Adolescent, Attributional Style, Depression, Latino, Predictors
Attribution (Social psychology) in children
Depression in adolescence
Hispanic American youth $x Mental health
Hispanic American youth $x Family relationships
Hispanic American youth $x Social conditions

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