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ERIC Number: EJ837858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
Family and Culture, and the Samoan Youth
Vakalahi, Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue; Godinet, Meripa T.
Journal of Family Social Work, v11 n3 p229-253 Aug 2008
This qualitative study examines the Samoan family and culture as possible sources of risk and/or protection for delinquency among Samoan youth. Study participants included Samoan American youth and parents living in one U.S. state. Data were collected via individual interviews. Results indicate that family practices, dynamics, and socioeconomic status; cultural factors such as Samoan customs and traditions (Fa'aSamoa); and structural factors such as oppression and discrimination may serve as sources of risk and/or protection for delinquency among these Samoan youth. A theory is proposed based on familial, cultural, and structural factors related to delinquency among Samoan youth. Implications for future research, policy, and practice specifically focusing on the cultural aspects of the lived experiences of Samoan youth and their families living in the United States are discussed. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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