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ERIC Number: EJ1021943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure
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