ERIC Number: EJ1093691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Longitudinal Associations of Language Brokering and Parent-Adolescent Closeness in Immigrant Latino Families
Tilghman-Osborne, Emile M.; Bámaca-Colbert, Mayra; Witherspoon, Dawn; Wadsworth, Martha E.; Hecht, Michael L.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v36 n3 p319-347 Apr 2016
Language brokering is a common practice for Latino youth with immigrant parents. Yet little is known about how youth's feelings about this responsibility contribute to the parent-adolescent relationship. In this study, we examined the longitudinal associations between language brokering attitudes and parent-adolescent closeness in a sample of Latino early adolescents (n = 813, Maget1 = 12.32, SDt1 = 0.59), while taking into account language brokering frequency and the possible moderating role of sex. Results suggested that sex of the adolescent was a moderator. Specifically, younger males who felt closer to their parents had more positive attitudes toward language brokering, which dissipated as they aged. Furthermore, language brokering frequency had a delayed positive contribution to language brokering attitudes and parent-adolescent closeness, which was stronger for males than females. Results are discussed in terms of how age and gender cultural norms contribute to the relation between language brokering and parent-adolescent closeness.
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Translation, Parent Child Relationship, Adolescents, Positive Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Immigrants, Hispanic Americans, Correlation, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Measures (Individuals), Spanish Speaking, Spanish, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Statistical Analysis, Grade 7, Grade 9, Questionnaires, Factor Analysis
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