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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 1/2018

21-11-2017 | Empirical Research

Identifying as American among Adolescents from Asian Backgrounds

Auteurs: Lisa Kiang, Melissa R. Witkow

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 1/2018

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Abstract

An important aspect of identity development requires adolescents to consider and select the cultural label or labels that best fit with their conception of who they are. Yet, little is known about the longitudinal development of such labeling preferencs and their possible links with adjustment. Using longitudinal data from 180 Asian Americans (60% female; 74% U.S.-born), intra-individual and group-level changes in adolescents’ American label use were tracked. Over time, 48% chose an American label as their “best-fitting” label and 42% chose an American label at least once, but did not include an American label during at least one other time point. American label use was not associated with continuous measures of American identity, but the use of American labels was linked with lower levels of ethnic identity. American identity, whether indicated by label use or continuous scale scores, was generally linked with positive psychological and academic adjustment, with some effects of label use moderated by gender and generational status. Developmental implications of American cultural labels as markers of adolescent identity and broader adjustment are discussed.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Identifying as American among Adolescents from Asian Backgrounds
Auteurs
Lisa Kiang
Melissa R. Witkow
Publicatiedatum
21-11-2017
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 1/2018
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-017-0776-3