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ERIC Number: EJ810296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Building and Using a Social Network: Nurture for Low-Income Chinese American Adolescents' Learning
Li, Jin; Holloway, Susan D.; Bempechat, Janine; Loh, Elaine
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n121 p9-25 Fall 2008
Little research has examined how low-income Asian American children are supported to achieve well in school. The authors used the notion of social capital to study higher versus lower achieving Chinese adolescents from low-income backgrounds. They found that families of higher-achieving adolescents built and used more effectively three kinds of social networks in lieu of direct parental involvement: (a) designating a helper in and outside the home for the child, (b) identifying peer models for the child to emulate, and (c) involving extended kin to guide the child jointly. These forms of social capital reflect Chinese cultural values applied to the challenges of immigrant adaptation. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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