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Heritage language fluency, ethnic identity, and school effort of immigrant Chinese and Mexico adolescents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19209978     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The assumption that heritage language fluency is an essential component of ethnic identity, and that both factors are important predictors of school effort, was tested across two ethnic groups spanning multiple generations of immigrants. The sample consisted of 207 immigrant Chinese (first- and second-generation) and 354 Mexican (first-, second-, and third-generation) adolescents. The findings demonstrate that heritage language fluency is an important component of ethnic identity for second-generation Mexican adolescents, but not for second-generation Chinese adolescents. Thus, for this latter group, it may not be appropriate to use identity measures that assess heritage language fluency as a part of the general dimension of ethnic identity. The findings also show that higher reading and writing skills in Spanish are significant predictors of school effort for all three generations of Mexican adolescents; in addition, higher ethnic identity exploration is related to the school effort of second-generation Mexican adolescents.
Su Yeong Kim; Ruth K Chao
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cultural diversity & ethnic minority psychology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1099-9809     ISO Abbreviation:  Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-02-12     Completed Date:  2009-03-23     Revised Date:  2011-05-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100956435     Medline TA:  Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asian Americans / ethnology*,  psychology
Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology*
Intergenerational Relations / ethnology
Mexican Americans / ethnology*,  psychology
Models, Psychological
Social Identification*
Grant Support
R03 HD051629-01A2/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24 HD042849-07/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24HD042849/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

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