A social identity approach to ethnic differences in family relationships during adolescence

Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
Advances in child development and behavior (Impact Factor: 0.95). 02/2005; 33:125-52. DOI: 10.1016/S0065-2407(05)80006-0
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    • "A strong familial identity is associated with a sense of obligation, relatedness, and commitment to the family and family relationships (Arends-Tóth & Van de Vijver, 2008; Steidel & Contreras, 2003). The scarce literature on familial identity suggests that, particularly for ethnic minority groups, a salient familial identity is associated with positive adjustment (Fuligni & Flook, 2005) and health-protective behaviors that buffer against negative effects of stress (Masood, Okazaki, & Takeuchi, 2009). For many individuals, religious convictions are at the core of their identity, self-concept, and position in an ideological framework (Furrow et al., 2004). "
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    ABSTRACT: We studied collective identity and psychological well-being in Bulgarian adolescents (305 mainstreamers, 278 Turkish-Bulgarians, and 183 Muslim-Bulgarians). Turkish-Bulgarian and Muslim-Bulgarian minorities (ethnic Bulgarians converted to Islam during the Ottoman Empire) have been subjected to severe assimilation policies until recently. A multigroup confirmatory analysis showed that ethnic, religious, and familial identities were significantly and positively related to a single underlying factor we labeled collective identity. Bulgarian identity was unrelated to collective identity in the Turkish-Bulgarian group. As expected, mainstream adolescents showed a stronger Bulgarian and weaker religious identity than Turkish-Bulgarian and Muslim-Bulgarian adolescents. In all groups, individuals with a stronger collective identity reported higher levels of well-being. We conclude that the concept of collective identity is useful to link various identity components to well-being of youth from different ethnic groups.
    Cross-Cultural Research 11/2014; 48(4). DOI:10.1177/1069397114523922 · 0.75 Impact Factor
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    • "292). In the context of a growing significance of the outer social environment during adolescence, an increase in capacity for complex and abstract cognitive abilities allows and leads them to engage in social identity work, which is to find a psychologically meaningful sense of connection to social groups that they are part of (Fuligni & Flook, 2005). Furthermore, research shows that how adolescents make sense of who they are in relation to others are closely intertwined with the neighbourhood community they live in (Pretty, 2002). "
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined whether Korean adolescents' sense of neighbourhood community would be related to their peer relations and self-esteem and the role of parent-related variables (e.g., mother's sense of neighbourhood community and perceived relationship closeness with parents) among a sample of 229 Korean adolescents and their mothers. Hierarchical regression analyses showed a positive association of Korean adolescents' sense of neighbourhood community with peer relations and self-esteem. In addition, having a close relationship with parents emerged as the ultimate predictor of their sense of neighbourhood community above and beyond the variance accounted for by socio-demographic characteristics and school adaptation. Results suggest that parents play a significant role in Korean adolescents' sense of neighbourhood community. Fostering close relationships with parents and improving mothers' sense of neighbourhood community may be particularly effective for strengthening Korean adolescents' sense of neighbourhood community.
    International journal of adolescence and youth 06/2013; 19(3):350-365. DOI:10.1080/02673843.2012.747971
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    • "Families are the core of religious socialization and serve as the basis of the adolescents' primary social groups of belonging. This might be particularly true for youth from ethnic minority groups, as they often strongly value family relatedness and commitment (Fuligni & Flook, 2005). "
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    ABSTRACT: In Europe and particularly in Bulgaria, Roma represent the largest low-status minority group that is subjected to marked public intolerance and discrimination. This study examined links among Roma (N = 207) and Bulgarian (N = 399) adolescents' ethnic, familial, and religious identities as salient identity aspects for their psychological wellbeing. Results indicated that, as expected, Roma youth reported lower levels of wellbeing than Bulgarian youth. The latter revealed a weaker religious identity than Roma youth, whereas no ethnic group differences emerged regarding Bulgarian or familial identity. Furthermore, we observed that collective identity was higher in older participants of both groups. Finally, a multigroup analysis using structural equation modeling showed that collective identity was a positive predictor of wellbeing for both Roma and Bulgarian adolescents. Findings demonstrated differences in salience as well as structural communalities regarding ways in which collective identity affects wellbeing of youth from two ethnically diverse communities.
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