ERIC Number: EJ723434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 29
The Salience of Racial and Ethnic Identification in Friendship Choices among Hispanic Adolescents
Kao, Grace; Vaquera, Elizabeth
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v28 n1 p23-47 2006
Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a nationally representative sample of youth in 7th to 12th grades, this study examines how racial and ethnic identification overlap among Hispanic adolescents (N = 6,399). The study examines the choices of friends to evaluate the proximity of race and ethnic identifiers among Hispanics. The results show evidence that ethnicity and race are distinct stratifiers as evidenced by their friendship choices, but that ethnicity is more significant than race in determining the choice of friends of Hispanics. Racial identification of Hispanics is closely associated with choosing a friend of the same race, whether or not that person is Hispanic. Finally, when Hispanics interact with non-Hispanics, racial identity becomes another determinant of friendships.
Descriptors: Racial Identification, Friendship, Ethnicity, Adolescents, Peer Relationship, Hispanic American Students, Secondary School Students, Racial Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health