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Immigrant adolescents’ adaptation to a new context: Ethnic friendship homophily and its predictors


Titzmann, Peter F (2014). Immigrant adolescents’ adaptation to a new context: Ethnic friendship homophily and its predictors. Child Development Perspectives, 8(2):107-112.

Abstract

Although interethnic friendships are among the best indicators of social adaptation to a new cultural context, adolescent immigrants form friendships predominantly within their own ethnic community, a phenomenon called friendship homophily. In this article, I focus on the acculturation of immigrant adolescents and on the factors that lead them to form friendships within their group, including acculturation-related behaviors, mutual attitudes of native and immigrant groups, developmental age-related considerations, and the context in which these adolescents live. The results present opportunities not only for reducing friendship homophily but also point to the complexity of acculturation research and the need to study side effects of adolescents' adaptation to a new context.

Although interethnic friendships are among the best indicators of social adaptation to a new cultural context, adolescent immigrants form friendships predominantly within their own ethnic community, a phenomenon called friendship homophily. In this article, I focus on the acculturation of immigrant adolescents and on the factors that lead them to form friendships within their group, including acculturation-related behaviors, mutual attitudes of native and immigrant groups, developmental age-related considerations, and the context in which these adolescents live. The results present opportunities not only for reducing friendship homophily but also point to the complexity of acculturation research and the need to study side effects of adolescents' adaptation to a new context.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:12 Dec 2014 10:48
Last Modified:04 May 2016 00:00
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1750-8592
Additional Information:This is the accepted version of the following article: [Titzmann, Peter F (2014). Immigrant adolescents’ adaptation to a new context: Ethnic friendship homophily and its predictors. Child Development Perspectives, 8(2):107-112.], which has been published in final form at [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdep.12072/abstract].
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/cdep.12072
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-102183

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