Adolescent ethnic identity in social context: A commentary

W.H.J. Meeus

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Abstract

Key findings from the various studies of this special section of Child Development are that ethnic identity is embedded in a positive proximal interpersonal context in adolescence and that the links between ethnic identity and the interpersonal context seem to become stronger from the beginning of early adolescence on. Remarkably, the (longitudinal) studies do not show that ethnic identity is a better predictor of developmental outcomes or that it can be better predicted in minority groups than in majority groups. I use one of the articles to demonstate that a longitudinal prediction model is different from a developmental sequence model. Finally, an extension of the present measures of ethnic identity is proposed. This extension would allow for a thorough investigation of the saliency of ethnic identity and its interplay with other identity domains during adolescent development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-766
JournalChild Development
Volume88
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • STABILITY
  • PERSONALITY
  • VALIDATION

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Meeus, W.H.J. / Adolescent ethnic identity in social context : A commentary. In: Child Development. 2017 ; Vol. 88, No. 3. pp. 761-766.
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Adolescent ethnic identity in social context : A commentary. / Meeus, W.H.J.

In: Child Development, Vol. 88, No. 3, 2017, p. 761-766.

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