Ethnie identity and self-esteem of Latino adolescents: Distinctions among the latino populations

Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Marcelo Diversi, Mark A. Fine

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This article reviews 21 empirical studies in which the relationship between self-esteem and ethnic identity among Latino adolescents was examined. This analysis indicates that for some conceptualizations of ethnic identity there has been a positive relationship between ethnic identity and self-esteem, whereas with other conceptualizations the relationships between ethnic identity and self-esteem have been inconsistent. The methodological limitations of the existing work are also examined. Despite the differences in conceptualization and the methodological limitations, the existing research suggests a positive relationship between degree of ethnic Identification and self-esteem for Latinos who live in areas where their Latino group composes the majority of the Latino population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-327
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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