The central role of familial ethnic socialization in latino adolescents' cultural orientation

Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Edna C. Alfaro, Mayra Y. Bámaca, Amy B. Guimond

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The current study utilized an ecological framework to examine the longitudinal interrelations among Latino adolescents' (N = 323) cultural orientation (i.e., ethnic identity and enculturation), familial ethnic socialization experiences, and generational status. Findings indicated that ethnic identity and enculturation were both predicted by adolescents' generational status, although some of these relations were indirect via the relation between generational status and familial ethnic socialization. Findings underscore the importance of examining the dimensions of cultural orientation independent of one another and considering the central role of familial socialization practices in these processes. Moreover, the current work provides direction for further theoretical work to advance our understanding of the unique aspects of cultural orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-60
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Acculturation
  • Adolescence
  • Adolescent development/outcomes
  • Culture
  • Ethnicity
  • Hispanic Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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