Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Experiences With Acculturative Stress

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about specific examples of how CLD students struggle internally to process their personal identity.
  2. learn how this stress affects their success in school, both academically and socially.
  3. learn how to help this particular population of students who struggle with stress.


Culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students 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 presentation will share results from a qualitative focus group design of first- and second-generation American students regarding experiences of acculturative stress. Included in this exploration was a discussion of effective strategies students employ to manage acculturative stress at home and in school.



Farah Alkhafaf, Fairborn City Schools
Elana R. Bernstein, University of Dayton


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