Determinants and Consequences of Child Culture Brokering in Families from the Former Soviet Union

Curtis J. Jones, Edison J. Trickett, Dina Birman

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Child culture brokering occurs when immigrant children help their families navigate the new culture and language. The present study develops a model of the child culture broker role that situates it within the family and community economic and acculturative contexts of 328 families from the former Soviet Union. Path analysis was utilized to explore the relationships of community and family economic and cultural contexts with child culture brokering, child emotional distress, and family disagreements. All children reported some culture brokering for their parents. Less English proficient parents with lower status jobs, and living in areas with more Russian speaking families tended to utilize their children as brokers more often. Further, community economic conditions also predicted brokering indirectly, mediated by parent job social status. Brokering was related to child emotional distress and family disagreements. Further, culture brokering was a mediator of the impact of parent job social status on both child emotional distress and family disagreements. These results add to our understanding of the culture broker role and emphasize the utility of approaching research on it from an ecological perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-196
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Cultural research
  • Culture broker
  • Family dynamics
  • Family relationships
  • Family roles
  • Language broker
  • Path analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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