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Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Rashmita S. Mistry, and Danielle A. Crosby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199943913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199943913.001.0001

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An Ecological Approach to Understanding Immigrant Child and Adolescent Developmental Competencies

An Ecological Approach to Understanding Immigrant Child and Adolescent Developmental Competencies

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(p.75) 5 An Ecological Approach to Understanding Immigrant Child and Adolescent Developmental Competencies
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Societal Contexts of Child Development
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Amy K. Marks

Camila Godoy

Cynthia García Coll

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199943913.003.0005

Immigrant children are the fastest growing subset of the U.S. population, with great diversity in languages, cultural practices, migratory histories, and socioeconomic contexts. This chapter presents an ecological perspective on three salient domains of immigrant child and adolescent development: biculturalism, bilingualism, and building healthy ethnic identities. Qualitative and quantitative research that focuses on these developmental competencies from the past decade is reviewed. In highlighting the micro- and mesosystem contexts supporting these competency areas, this chapter offers new ideas for both research and intervention efforts in support of immigrant youth development.

Keywords:   microsystem, mesosystem, ecological, immigrant, bilingualism, biculturalism, ethnic identity

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