Are developmental processes affected by immigration? Family processes, internalizing behaviors, and externalizing behaviors

Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Li Huang

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Abstract

The current study compared levels of family processes, internalizing behaviors, and externalizing behaviors as well as developmental processes, namely the associations among family processes and measures of internalizing or externalizing behaviors, in native Swiss, 2nd and 1st generation immigrant adolescents (N=3,540). Findings provided evidence that both 2nd and 1st generation immigrant youth experienced higher rates of internalizing symptoms (depression and anxiety) than native Swiss youth. Comparisons of how individual family processes were associated with internalizing and externalizing behaviors provided evidence of few differences across groups. Thus, developmental processes were largely invariant by immigrant status. Although the immigration process may increase the risk for internalizing and some externalizing behaviors, it does not seem to affect how key family processes are associated with measures of adolescent adjustment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)799-813
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Immigrants
  • Parenting
  • Swiss youth
  • Switzerland

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