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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 2/2020

06-11-2019 | Empirical Research

Never Mind the Acculturation Gap: Migrant Youth’s Wellbeing Benefit when They Retain Their Heritage Culture but Their Parents Adopt the Settlement Culture

Auteurs: Qian Sun, Nicolas Geeraert, Andrew Simpson

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 2/2020

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Abstract

The extent to which migrant families successfully navigate their settlement and heritage cultures has been associated with family members’ well-being. Specifically, parent-offspring acculturation gaps are purportedly linked to negative outcomes. Inconsistences in prior research are discussed in light of possible concerns relating to conceptual clarity and methodological limitations. To examine these, a study of 153 youth-parent dyads (youth sample: 58% female, Mage = 19.64, range = 13–25) was conducted. Participants were asked to assess their acculturation and that of their relative. Using multilevel regression, individual acculturation, but not acculturation gaps, was associated with youth well-being. Heritage engagement of youth and settlement engagement of their parents was beneficial, whereas parent’s heritage engagement was detrimental. Thus, integration at the family level is likely to maximize migrant youth well-being.

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Metagegevens
Titel
Never Mind the Acculturation Gap: Migrant Youth’s Wellbeing Benefit when They Retain Their Heritage Culture but Their Parents Adopt the Settlement Culture
Auteurs
Qian Sun
Nicolas Geeraert
Andrew Simpson
Publicatiedatum
06-11-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 2/2020
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-019-01160-6