ERIC Number: ED402045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
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Acculturation of Developmental Timetables among Adolescent Immigrants.
Schmitt-Rodermund, Eva; Silbereisen, Rainer K.
The acculturation of developmental timetables for autonomy from parental supervision and in social relationships was studied in a sample of 220 ethnic German immigrants to Germany from Romania, Poland, and countries of the former Soviet Union. The acculturation rate was predicted to be related to prior differences in parent-adolescent interaction and the frequency of adolescents' activities outside the home. Across four waves of semiannual questionnaire or interview assessments for newcomers (0-18 months residence in Germany) and experienced immigrants (18-36 months), a gradual acculturation of timetables was observed, resulting in considerably earlier ages at which autonomy was attained. Higher levels of conflict and permissiveness reported by parents and lower levels of monitoring and more frequent out-of-home activities corresponded to a more accelerated acculturation to earlier timetables for autonomy from parental supervision. With regard to autonomy in social relationships, the results were less clear, presumably because prior interpersonal experiences were less strongly associated with this facet of autonomy. Prediction of autonomy was not possible with adolescents who had resided in Germany longer than 18 months, presumably because higher levels of the family variables promoted "escape" from the constraints of the newcomers' provisional homes and thus provided opportunities to make contacts and adopt the lifestyle of adolescents from the general German population. For the group of immigrants who had resided in Germany for at least 18 months, such escapes no longer served this purpose because they had access to other opportunities not measured in this study. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Germany