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ERIC Number: ED410330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 15
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Delinquency and Acculturation: Differences across Generations of Latino Adolescents.
Pozzi, Carlos
This study explores the interaction between acculturation and socioeconomic status across generations of Latino families with adolescent children. Also studied are the implications for the adolescent's involvement in delinquent behavior, both violent and nonviolent. Researchers hypothesized that an elevated level of delinquency in Latino adolescents is in part affected by the different levels of acculturation between the adolescent and his or her parents. Differences between the scores on an acculturation scale for the head of the household and the adolescent are compared to the adolescent's self-reported involvement in delinquent behavior described on a scale developed for the study. A sample of 80 Latino families was used, controlling for socioeconomic status, gender, age, and nation of origin. Results show no significant correlation between the level of delinquency and cultural disparity across generations. Males did tend to score significantly higher on the delinquency scale than females did, but this finding was expected. Implications for prevention of delinquent behavior are discussed, and suggestions are provided for further research. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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