ERIC Number: EJ870056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Heritage Language Development in the Ethnic Identity and Family Relationships of Adolescents from Immigrant Backgrounds
Oh, Janet S.; Fuligni, Andrew J.
Social Development, v19 n1 p202-220 Feb 2010
The influence of immigrant-background adolescents' heritage language (HL) proficiency and use of the language on parent-adolescent relationships and ethnic identity was investigated in a sample of 414 adolescents from Latin American and Asian backgrounds. HL proficiency, but not language use, was positively associated with the quality of parent-adolescent relationships. Although HL proficiency and language use were both associated with ethnic identity, when taken together, only HL proficiency was a reliable predictor. These findings indicate that it is the development of proficiency in the HL that influences adolescents' successful adjustment, rather than their choice of languages. It is therefore important to support HL development in order to help immigrant-background students to better cope with the stresses of adolescence.
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Parent Child Relationship, Adolescents, Immigrants, Second Language Learning, Hispanic Americans, Language Proficiency, Asian Americans, Language Usage, Predictor Variables, Adjustment (to Environment), Heritage Education, Language Acquisition, Stress Variables, Coping
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