Family ethnic socialization and ethnic identity: A family-driven, youth-driven, or reciprocal process?

Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Katharine H. Zeiders, Kimberly Updegraff

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Abstract

The current study examined the longitudinal associations between family ethnic socialization and youths' ethnic identity among a sample of Mexican-origin youth (N = 178, Mage = 18.17, SD =.46). Findings from multiple-group cross lagged panel models over a 2-year period indicated that for U.S.-born youth with immigrant parents, the process appeared to be family driven: Youths' perceptions of family ethnic socialization in late adolescence were associated with significantly greater ethnic identity exploration and resolution in emerging adulthood, while youths' ethnic identity during late adolescence did not significantly predict youths' future perceptions of family ethnic socialization. Conversely, for U.S.-born youth with U.S. born parents, youths' ethnic identity significantly predicted their future perceptions of family ethnic socialization but perceptions of family ethnic socialization did not predict future levels of youths' ethnic identity, suggesting a youth-driven process. Findings were consistent for males and femalse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-146
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Emerging adults
  • Ethnic identity
  • Family socialization
  • Latino
  • Mexican

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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