Juggling Between Parental and School Expectations: The Development of Domain‐Specific Acculturation Orientations in Early Adolescence

Jana Vietze, Maja K. Schachner, Linda Juang, Fons van de Vijver, Peter Noack

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Abstract

We examined how perceived acculturation expectations from parents and school, and ethnic discrimination predicted early adolescents’ heritage and mainstream acculturation orientations at home (private domain) and in school (public domain) one year later. We surveyed 263 early adolescents of immigrant background in Germany (M age = 10.44 years, 60% female). Multigroup path analyses revealed that perceived acculturation expectations and ethnic discrimination were more strongly related to adolescents’ private than public acculturation orientations. Parental heritage expectations were the strongest predictor of adolescents’ acculturation orientations. Boys were more susceptible than girls to ethnic discrimination and acculturation expectations in school, which affected their private and public acculturation orientations. Results highlight the importance of integrating domain-specific and gendered experiences when analyzing adolescents’ acculturative development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-632
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • ATTITUDES
  • DUAL IDENTITY
  • ETHNIC-IDENTITY
  • FAMILY
  • FIT INDEXES
  • IMMIGRANTS
  • MINORITY MEMBERS
  • PERCEIVED DISCRIMINATION
  • PREFERENCES
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT

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