The Importance of Family and Friend Relationships for the Mental Health of Asian Immigrant Young Adults and Their Nonimmigrant Peers

Authors: 
Jelena Obradović, Nicole Tirado-Strayer, Janxin Leu
Publication: 
Research in Human Development
Publication year: 
2013

This study investigates how the quality of family and friend relationships relates to depressive symptomatology among immigrant Asian and nonimmigrant young adults. The analyses focused on three cultural groups of college students to examine whether these processes vary with immigrants' generation and ethnicity. Results showed that family and friend relationships uniquely contributed to all students' mental health. Students who experienced less family conflict had lower levels of depressive symptoms regardless of their ethnicity or immigrant status. In addition, friend support emerged as a protective factor against the effects of family conflict on depressive symptoms, but only for first-generation immigrants.