Title page for ETD etd-05112012-163445

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Vila, Leighton Kenji
URN etd-05112012-163445
Title The Immigration Paradox: Exploring Filipino American Psychological Distress
Degree Master of Science
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hughes, Michael D. Committee Chair
Jones, Russell T. Committee Member
Kiecolt, K. Jill Committee Member
  • Filipino Americans
  • psychological distress
  • immigration
  • native language
  • ethnic identification
Date of Defense 2012-05-03
Availability unrestricted
The immigrant paradox is the empirical trend that immigrants have better mental health than second and subsequent generations. Mossakowski (2007) found that Filipinos follow this trend, and using the same data this study builds upon the previous research by examining the relationship between cultural (ethnic identification, native language) and structural (nativity, age at immigration, and poverty in city of birth) variables. The results indicate that cultural variables are important in understanding psychological distress among Filipino Americans. Relative deprivation was not associated with psychological distress, and the effect of selective migration is explained away when language and ethnic identification are controlled. Use of native language benefits U.S. born and adult immigrant Filipinos, but is damaging to child immigrants with low ethnic identification. Suggestions for future research are discussed.
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