Acculturation and violence in minority adolescents

Paul Richard Smokowski, Martica Bacallao, Corinne David-Ferdon, Nancy R Stroupe, Caroline B.R. Evans

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This chapter provides a comprehensive review of research linking acculturation and violent behavior for adolescents of three minority populations: Latino, Asian/ Pacific Islander (A/ PI), and American Indian/ Alaskan Native (AI/ AN). Studies on Latino and A/ PI youth indicate that higher levels of adolescent assimilation were a risk factor for violence. Ethnic group identity or culture of origin involvement appear to be cultural assets against youth violence, with supporting evidence from studies on A/ PI youth; however, more studies are needed on Latino and AI/ AN youth. Although some evidence shows low acculturation or cultural marginality to be a risk factor for higher levels of fear, victimization, and being bullied, low acculturation also serves as a protective factor against dating violence victimization for Latino youth. An emerging trend, in both the Latino and A/ PI youth literature, shows the impact of acculturation processes on youth aggression and violence can be mediated by family dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Acculturation and Health
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780190215217
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Acculturation
  • Adolescence
  • Culture
  • Minority
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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