In pursuit of belonging: Acculturation, perceived discrimination, and ethnic-racial identity among latino youths

Adrienne Juliet Michele Baldwin-White, Elizabeth Kiehne, Adriana Umaña-Taylor, Flavio Marsiglia

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Abstract

Guided by Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems framework and informed by the rejectionidentification model, this study examined the relationship between acculturation, discrimination, and ethnic-racial identity (ERI) searching and affirmation among a sample of Latino youths (N = 830; mean age = 12.2 years). Results revealed that higher levels of acculturation were associated with lower levels of searching and affirmation. Furthermore, higher perceived discrimination was associated with higher affirmation, but unrelated to searching. Finally, perceived discrimination significantly attenuated the negative associations between acculturation and adolescents' ERI searching and affirmation. The article concludes with a discussion of practice implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Work Research
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Discrimination
  • Ethnic identity
  • Latino youths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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