The literature review investigates how acculturative stress relates to the ethnic identity development and feelings of school belonging of immigrant high school students and how school counselors can use this information to facilitate acculturative stress focused counseling to support student needs and development. The literature review first synthesizes information on acculturative stress, experiences of immigrant high school students, and suggestions for acculturative stress focused counseling to explore how school counselors can approach the topic of acculturative stress with their immigrant high school population. Specifically, the literature review explores the ethnic identity development of immigrant high school students and the role feelings of school belonging has on their mental health and outcomes. The review ends with suggestions on what school counselors should look for when implementing acculturative stress focused counseling as well as limitations and future research in the field of acculturative stress counseling.

Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2021

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Dawnette Cigrand

Second Advisor

Anquinetta Calhoun





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