Family functioning and depression in low-income Latino couples.
Published on Oct 1, 2009in Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
· DOI :10.1111/j.1752-0606.2009.00139.x
Although extensive research has found a strong relationship between poor family functioning and depression, previous research has not examined this relationship among lowincome Latinos. In this study, we examined how family functioning may be associated with depression in a sample of low-income Latino couples. In addition, we examined how acculturative stress moderates the relationship between family functioning and depression. Our results indicate that the relationship between family functioning and depression is stronger in women and that acculturative stress moderates this relationship in women. Probing this interaction indicates that women who reported high acculturative stress coupled with poor family functioning experienced more depression. Clinical implications are discussed.