Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students and Acculturative Stress

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Ed.S. in School Psychology


School of Education and Health Sciences


Elana R. Bernstein


Culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students may experience stress related to acculturation experiences, specifically in balancing the tension between conforming to mainstream cultural pressures and maintaining the values and traditions of their culture of origin. This qualitative study will share results from a focus group conducted with first- and second-generation American students regarding experiences of acculturative stress. Nine first and second generation CLD students were interviewed over Zoom and Google Meets meetings about their acculturative experiences. Students described their experiences as difficult and sometimes burdensome, rather than stressful. Included in this research exploration is a discussion of effective strategies students employ to manage acculturative stress at home and in school and how educators and school-based mental health providers can provide support.


School Counseling, Psychology, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, CLD, CLD students, acculturative stress, stress, acculturation, student, first generation, second generation

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