ERIC Number: EJ1021943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Translating into Understanding: Language Brokering and Prosocial Development in Emerging Adults from Immigrant Families
Guan, Shu-Sha A.; Greenfield, Patricia M.; Orellana, Marjorie F.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v29 n3 p331-355 May 2014
This mixed-method study assessed the nature of language brokering and the relationship between language brokering and prosocial capacities in a sample of 139 college students from ethnically diverse immigrant families. The prosocial capacities of interest were empathic concern and two forms of perspective-taking: general perspective-taking (understanding the perspectives of others) and transcultural perspective-taking (understanding of divergent cultural values). As predicted, structural equation modeling identified a significant pathway from language brokering for parents to skill in transcultural perspective-taking. We illustrated this pathway with a qualitative case study. We also identified a significant bidirectional relationship between language brokering for others (e.g., other relatives, friends) and empathic concern. The experience of language brokering for others develops empathic concern; at the same time, those with higher levels of empathic concern broker more for people outside their immediate families.
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Perspective Taking, Translation, Second Language Learning, Prosocial Behavior, Correlation, College Students, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Cultural Awareness, Structural Equation Models, Parent Child Relationship, Immigrants, Empathy, Skill Development, Measures (Individuals), Surveys, Ethnicity, Grade Point Average, Parent Background, Educational Attainment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure
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