Assimilation and social anxiety in undocumented Mexican immigrant families

Martica Bacallao, Paul R. Smokowski

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Abstract

This study explores the roles played by U.S. schools, workplaces, churches, and Latino and non-Latino American peers in the acculturation process of immigrant adolescents. In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with members of 10 undocumented Mexican families (12 adolescents and 14 of their parents) who had immigrated to North Carolina within the past seven years. Results indicated that Mexican immigrant described significant social anxiety deriving from the assimilation process. Assimilation was prompted by two powerful mechanisms: monolingualism and discrimination. Monolingualism and discrimination directed Mexican adolescents and their parents to learn English and to conform to host culture norms, appearance, and behaviors in order to advance in school and in their work. These assimilation mechanisms contributed to both female adolescents' and parents' feelings of anxiety, fearfulness, isolation, and depression. Although male adolescents reported feelings of isolation and fearfulness, they also reported feeling angry and ready to physically defend themselves. Mexican families found a refuge from assimilation stress in their interactions in church. Churches valued biculturalism and religious faith was used to handle daily assimilation stress. Disproportionately, in an immigrant nation, the poor have always been the most recent immigrant group, which means they have always been "the other" - the strangers who dress differently, talk with strange accents, or follow strange customs. The stranger, the one who is different, has always caused fear. (Blank, 1997, p. 47).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Anxiety: Symptoms, Causes, and Techniques
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages1-28
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9781617289101
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Assimilation
  • Discrimination
  • Latinos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Bacallao, M., & Smokowski, P. R. (2011). Assimilation and social anxiety in undocumented Mexican immigrant families. In Social Anxiety: Symptoms, Causes, and Techniques (pp. 1-28). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

Assimilation and social anxiety in undocumented Mexican immigrant families. / Bacallao, Martica; Smokowski, Paul R.

Social Anxiety: Symptoms, Causes, and Techniques. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2011. p. 1-28.

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Bacallao, M & Smokowski, PR 2011, Assimilation and social anxiety in undocumented Mexican immigrant families. in Social Anxiety: Symptoms, Causes, and Techniques. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 1-28.
Bacallao M, Smokowski PR. Assimilation and social anxiety in undocumented Mexican immigrant families. In Social Anxiety: Symptoms, Causes, and Techniques. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2011. p. 1-28
Bacallao, Martica ; Smokowski, Paul R. / Assimilation and social anxiety in undocumented Mexican immigrant families. Social Anxiety: Symptoms, Causes, and Techniques. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2011. pp. 1-28
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