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NCJ Number: 203157 Find in a Library
Title: Generational Differences in Resistance to Peer Pressure Among Mexican-Origin Adolescents
Journal: Youth & Society  Volume:34  Issue:2  Dated:December 2003  Pages:183-203
Author(s): Adriana J. Umana-Taylor; Mayra Y. Bamaca-Gomez
Editor(s): Kathryn G. Herr
Date Published: December 2003
Page Count: 21
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether Mexican-origin adolescents who varied by generational status in the United States would differ with regard to their resistance to peer pressure.
Abstract: Given the ethnic diversity of adolescents living in the United States and the diversity within ethnic groups in terms of generational status, it is worth understanding whether peer relationships are influenced by these factors. This study examined generational differences in resistance to the peer pressure based on the idea that adolescents’ who had been in the United States for fewer generations would take up peer relationship schemas that would result in greater resistance to peer pressure than their counterparts who had been in the United States for more generations. Data for this study were taken from a larger study designed to examine identity formation among adolescents. Data were gathered from Mexican-origin adolescents (n=1,062) from 3 high schools in a large Southwestern city. Participation in the study was voluntary. The questionnaire completed by the adolescents assessed various demographic factors with a number of measures. The findings from the study provided support for the hypothesis that adolescents with similar ethnic background but with differing familial histories in the United States would report different reactions to peer pressure. The data were not available to directly examine adolescents’ relationship schemas. The findings are limited to adolescents living in the United States. However, the theoretical implications of differing peer relationship schemas for immigrant adolescents may apply to adolescents who live in countries that have high rates of immigration and should be examined internationally. References
Main Term(s): Ethnic groups
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Deviance; Immigrants/Aliens; Juvenile Delinquent behavior; Mexican Americans
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