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ERIC Number: EJ805442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
"It's One of Those Things That You Do to Help the Family": Language Brokering and the Development of Immigrant Adolescents
Dorner, Lisa M.; Orellana, Marjorie Faulstich; Jimenez, Rosa
Journal of Adolescent Research, v23 n5 p515-543 2008
This article examines how immigrant adolescent development is shaped by the cultural and linguistic practice of language brokering. Framed by theories on interdependent/independent developmental scripts, the changing experiences and views of 12 Latino/a children of U.S. immigrants over 5 years were analyzed. It was found that translating is a relational, interdependent activity in which adolescents both help and receive help from family members. As adolescents, they extend this helping orientation beyond their household, but in these public spaces, they sometimes meet up with other developmental scripts. This article's examination of brokering's effects on immigrant adolescence leads to the discussion that one must consider the manner in which all adolescents and parents are negotiating independent and interdependent worlds. (Contains 3 notes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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