To be or not to be: an exploration of ethnic identity development in context.

Niobe Way, Carlos Santos, Erika Y. Niwa, Constance Kim-Gervey

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Abstract

This qualitative study focused on the intersection of personal and ethnic identities among forty African American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Chinese American high school students. The patterns in content indicated that for the Puerto Ricans, the intersection of their personal and social identities was a series of accommodations to a positive peer climate and a resistance to being Dominican. For the other ethnic groups, the intersection of their personal and social identities consisted of a process of resistance and accommodation to negative stereotypes projected on them by their peers and, for African Americans, themselves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-79
Number of pages19
JournalNew directions for child and adolescent development
Issue number120
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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