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). "
    Cross-Cultural Research 01/2014; DOI:10.1177/1069397114523922 · 0.75 Impact Factor
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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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    International Journal of Psychology 04/2012; 48(4). DOI:10.1080/00207594.2012.682064 · 1.23 Impact Factor
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    • "In addition, early family experiences, through which youth acquire an understanding of the goals and values of their family, may affect how family assistance is experienced by youth. For example, social identification leads to the internalization of group values (Fuligni & Flook, 2005). Family membership serves as an important social identity for adolescents, and youth who feel like valued members of their family are more likely to provide support to their family and gain a sense of wellbeing from that assistance (Hogg, 2003). "
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    ABSTRACT: Family assistance is an important aspect of family relationships for adolescents across many cultures and contexts. Motivations to help family members may be driven by both cultural factors and early family experiences. Here, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine (1) cultural differences in neural reward activity among White and Latino youth during online experiences of family assistance and (2) how prior family experiences related to neural reward activity when helping the family. Participants were scanned as they made decisions to contribute money to their family and themselves. Latino and White participants showed similar behavioral levels of helping but distinct patterns of neural activity within the mesolimbic reward system. Whereas Latino participants showed more reward activity when contributing to their family, White participants showed more reward activity when gaining cash for themselves. In addition, participants who felt more identified with their family and who derived greater fulfillment from helping their family two years prior to the scan showed increased reward system activation when contributing to their family. These results suggest that family assistance may be guided, in part, by the personal rewards one attains from that assistance, and that this sense of reward may be modulated by cultural influences and prior family experiences.
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