Title

Language brokering among Latino youth: Moderating variables and youth outcomes

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Status

Faculty

School

Kalmanovitz School of Education

Department

Counseling

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Publication Title

Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Description/Abstract

The children of immigrants often serve as language brokers, or cultural and linguistic intermediaries, between their families and the host culture. Although language brokering is common practice among immigrant communities, it is a growing body of research in need of theoretical grounding and further study. The present study empirically tested a theoretical model of the effects of language brokering with moderating variables, informed by the segmented assimilation literature, among 362 (48% female) Latino adolescents ranging in age from 11 to 18 years (M = 13.62, SD = 1.47) utilizing structural equation modeling. Model-testing results indicated that translating in High-Stakes situations negatively affected academic achievement and increased perceived stress, while Everyday translating situations positively affected academic achievement and did not affect stress. Youth who reported higher levels of family obligations also reported higher academic achievement. Implications for theory development and culturally relevant interventions are discussed.

Keywords

Language brokering; Cultural brokering; Latino youth Immigrant families Segmented assimilation

DOI

10.1007/s10964-017-0744-y

Volume

47

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

21

Disciplines

Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Original Citation

Anguiano, Rebecca. “Language brokering among Latino youth: Moderating variables and youth outcomes.” (online first), Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 1-21. 2017. doi:10.1007/s10964-017-0744-y.

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