Nativity and years in the receiving culture as markers of acculturation in ethnic enclaves

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Abstract

The current study was conducted to ascertain the validity of two commonly used markers of acculturation (nativity and years in the receiving culture) in an enclave context. Relationships between these markers and a bidimensional measure of acculturation were examined in a convenience sample of Hispanic immigrant adolescents and their caregivers in Miami. Nativity was examined using adolescent-reported data; approximately half of the youth were U.S.-born and half foreign-born, but all of the caregivers were foreign-born. Years in the receiving culture was examined using both adolescent and caregiver data. Results indicated that nativity was significantly associated with adoption of receiving-culture practices, with a small to moderate effect size. Years in the receiving culture was significantly associated with adoption of receiving-culture practices only for adolescent girls and for female caregivers who immigrated as youth. Neither nativity nor years in the receiving culture explained even moderate amounts of variance in retention or loss of culture-of-origin practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-353
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2006

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Ethnic enclaves
  • Hispanic
  • Immigrant
  • Nativity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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