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ERIC Number: EJ850615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Understanding, Connection, and Identification: Friendship Features of Bilingual Spanish-English Speaking Undergraduates
Sebanc, Anne M.; Hernandez, Maria D.; Alvarado, Maria
Journal of Adolescent Research, v24 n2 p194-217 2009
Bilingual undergraduates may have closer friendships with other bilinguals than with monolinguals. This study investigated this hypothesis and explored the friendship features of 46 bilingual Spanish and English speaking undergraduates by combining quantitative analyses of surveys and qualitative analyses of interviews. Survey results indicated that participants rated their friendships with bilinguals to be more secure, closer, and to provide more help and companionship than their friendships with monolinguals. During interviews, participants described understanding, connection, and identification with their bilingual friends. These features were considered reasons for their friendships with other bilinguals and reasons for their greater quality. Bilingual friendships also helped bilingual undergraduates navigate a challenging sociopolitical context and have pride in their ethnolinguistic identity. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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