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Acculturation attitudes and social adjustment in British South Asian children: A longitudinal study.

Brown, Rupert, Baysu, Gülseli, Cameron, Lindsey, Nigbur, Dennis, Rutland, Adam, Watters, Charles, Hossain, Rosa, LeTouze, Dominique, Landau, Anick (2013) Acculturation attitudes and social adjustment in British South Asian children: A longitudinal study. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39 (12). pp. 1656-1667. ISSN 0146-1672; 1552-7433. (doi:10.1177/0146167213500149) (KAR id:45050)


A 1-year longitudinal study with three testing points was conducted with 215 British Asian children aged 5 to 11 years to test hypotheses from Berry’s acculturation framework. Using age-appropriate measures of acculturation attitudes and psychosocial outcomes, it was found that (a) children generally favored an “integrationist” attitude, and this was more pronounced among older (8-10 years) than in younger (5-7 years) children and (b) temporal changes in social self-esteem and peer acceptance were associated with different acculturation attitudes held initially, as shown by latent growth curve analyses. However, a supplementary time-lagged regression analysis revealed that children’s earlier “integrationist” attitudes may be associated with more emotional symptoms (based on teachers’ ratings) 6 months later. The implications of these different outcomes of children’s acculturation attitudes are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0146167213500149
Uncontrolled keywords: acculturation attitudes, social adjustment, psychosocial outcomes, social self esteem, childhood attitudes, Acculturation, Child Attitudes, Social Adjustment, Psychosocial Factors, Self Esteem
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Lindsey Cameron
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 15:23 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 05:06 UTC
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