ERIC Number: ED457253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Children of Immigrants' Self-Esteem in Early Adolescence: The Role of Ethnicity, Context, Language, and Family in Cultural Adaptation.
Portes, Pedro R.; Zady, Madelon F.
This study examined the extent to which self-esteem differences existed across various groups of immigrant adolescents and the role of factors operating at structural and subjective levels. Data came from the Youth Adaptation and Growth Questionnaire developed for the Second Generation Project in Miami, Florida and San Diego, California. The survey was completed by 5,264 second generation eighth and ninth graders of 77 different nationalities. It examined demographics, nativity and citizenship of respondents and their parents, family size and structure, socioeconomic status (SES), psychosocial factors, academic achievement, and cultural adaptation. Data analysis indicated that there were significant differences within the immigrant subpopulations in terms of self-esteem. Different sets of predictors accounted for self-esteem and were dependent upon ethnic group membership and those groups' social context. The relative standing of each immigrant community with respect to other groups appears to have an impact on the development of individuals in those groups undergoing acculturation. For the black immigrant groups, discrimination did not influence self-esteem. (Contains 28 references and 6 tables.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY.
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