Cross-and same-race friendships of Vietnamese immigrant adolescents: A focus on acculturation and school diversity

Wing Yi Chan, Dina Birman

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine friendship developments of 153 Vietnamese immigrant adolescents who resided in an East Coast metropolitan area of the United States. We examined the influences of school diversity and acculturation on the quantity and quality of cross-and same-race friendships. Surprisingly, students who came from schools that are more diverse reported fewer cross-race friendships and lower levels of social support from their cross-race friends. American acculturation predicted greater levels of social support from cross-race friends. For same-race friendships, students who went to schools with higher percentage of Asian students reported more same-race friendships; however, percentage of Asian students was not a significant predictor of social support from same-race friends. Students who reported greater levels of Vietnamese acculturation reported greater levels of social support from their same-race friends. This study has implications for understanding the impact of school diversity and acculturation on friendship development of Vietnamese immigrants. Also, suggestions on how to better conceptualize and measure diversity are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-324
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Friendship development
  • School diversity
  • Vietnamese adolescents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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