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ERIC Number: EJ816719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 20
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ISSN: ISSN-1557-1874
Cultural Identity and Experiences of Prejudice and Discrimination of Afghan and Iranian Immigrant Youth
Khanlou, Nazilla; Koh, Jane G.; Mill, Catriona
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, v6 n4 p494-513 Oct 2008
In culturally diverse and immigrant receiving societies, immigrant youth can be subject to prejudice and discrimination. Such experiences can impact on immigrant youth's cultural identity and influence their psychosocial outcomes. This paper presents findings of a study that examined cultural identity and experiences of prejudice and discrimination among Afghan (N = 9) and Iranian (N = 17) immigrant youth in Canada. The study had a prospective, comparative, longitudinal qualitative design. Data was gathered through focus groups, interviews, journals and field logs. Four main themes emerged on participants' experiences of prejudice and discrimination: (a) societal factors influencing prejudice; (b) personal experiences of discrimination; (c) fear of disclosure and silenced cultural identity; and (d) resiliency and strength of cultural identity. Drawing from Rosenberg's ("Conceiving the self", Basic Books, New York, 1979) self-concept framework and Romero and Roberts ("J. Adolesc.", 21:641-656, 1998) distinction between prejudice and discrimination, results indicated that youth's extant and presenting cultural identity were affected. Inclusive policies and practices are needed to promote youth integration in multicultural and immigrant receiving settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; Canada; Iran