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  • Potochnick, S., Perreira, K., Fuligni, A. 2011. Fitting in: The Roles of Social Acceptance and Discrimination in Shaping the Daily Psychological Well-being of Latino Youth in the U.S. Southeast.  Social Science Quarterly, in press.

Abstract: This paper examines how the contexts of reception in new and traditional receiving communities influence the daily psychological well-being of Latino youth. Data came from two companion studies, the UCLA Study of Adolescents' Daily Lives and the Southern Immigrant Academic Adaptation study. Compared to Latino youth in Los Angeles, North Carolina's youth experienced higher levels of daily happiness, but also experienced higher levels of daily depressive and anxiety symptoms.  Using random effect models, we evaluated how perceived discrimination, social acceptance, and daily ethnic treatment contributed to these differences in daily psychological well-being.  We found that discrimination and daily negative ethnic treatment worsened; whereas social acceptance combined with daily positive ethnic treatment improved daily psychological well-being.

 

  • Kiang, L., Perreira, K., Fuligni, A. 2010. Ethnic Label Use in Adolescents from Traditional and Non-Traditional Immigrant Communities. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40(6):719-729.

Abstract: Understanding adolescents' use of ethnic labels is a key development issue, particularly given the practical significance of identity and self-definition in adolescents' lives. Ethnic labeling was examined among adolescents in the traditional receiving area of Los Angeles (Asian n = 258, Latino n = 279) and the non-traditional immigrant receiving area of North Carolina (Asian n = 165, Latino n = 239). Logistic regressions showed that adolescents from different geographic settings use different ethnic labels, with youth from NC preferring heritage and panethnic labels and youth from LA preferring hyphenated American labels. Second generation youth were more likely than first generation youth to use hyphenated American labels, and less likely to use heritage or panethnic labels. Greater ethnic centrality increased the odds of heritage label use, and greater English proficiency increased the odds of heritage-American label use. These associations significantly mediated the initial effects of setting. Further results examine ethnic differences as well as links between labels and self-esteem. The discussion highlights implications of ethnic labeling and context. 

 

  • Perreira, K., Fuligni, A., Potochnick, S. 2010. Fitting in: The Roles of Social Acceptance and Discrimination in Shaping the Academic Motivations of Latino Youth in the U.S. Southeast.  Journal of Social Issues, 66 (1): 131-153.

Abstract: An emerging literature suggests that high academic aspirations contribute to academic achievement. Yet, few researchers have studied the specific academic values and beliefs that lay behind students' aspirations or how the social contexts of schools can affect these academic values and beliefs. Using data on 459 Latino 9th graders from the LA-SIAA and the NC-SIAA studies, we evaluate the specific educational values and beliefs that motivate the academic achievement of Latino youth and contrast the school experiences of Latino youth in an emerging Latino community, North Carolina, with the school experiences of youth living in a traditional settlement community, Los Angeles.  Despite their greater fears of discrimination, we find that Latino youth in North Carolina are more academically motivated than their peers in Los Angeles. This is partially because they are more likely to be immigrants. Being an immigrant, having a stronger sense of ethnic identification, and having a stronger sense of family obligation were each linked to a more positive view of school environments. Therefore, these factors each partially explained the immigrant advantage in academic motivation and helped to counter the harmful effects of discrimination on academic motivation. 

Posters

Presentations 

  • Spees, L. and Perreira, K. Achieving Excellence: Latino Student Graduating from High School in North Carolina. Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, FL (May 2011)
  • Kiang, L. (Presenter) Perreira, K.M., Fuligni, A., Ethnic Label Use Among Adolescents in Traditional and Non-Traditional Immigrant Receiving Sites. Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (April 2011).
  • Yahirun, J., Fuligini, A., Perreira, K. "We Are Family" –Family Identity and Obligation across Contexts: A Comparison of Latino Youth in North Carolina and Southern California. Population Association of America, Dallas, TX (April 2010)
  • Potochnick, S., Perreira, K., Fuligni, A. Fitting in: The Roles of Social Acceptance and Discrimination in Shaping the Daily Psychological Well-Being of Latino Youth.  On New Shores Conference, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (September 2010).
  • Perreira, K., Fuligni, A., Potochnick, S. Fitting in: The Roles of Social Acceptance and Discrimination in Shaping the Academic Motivations of Latino Youth in the U.S. Southeast.

    Presented at:
  • -     Joint Session of the PAA and SOMEDE (Mexican Society of Demography), Detroit, MI (May 2009)

    -     Society for Research on Child Development, Denver, CO (April 2009)

    -     City University of New York, New York, NY (April 2009)

    -     Columbia Population Center, Columbia University, New York, NY (February 2009)

    -     Population Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (December 2008)

  • Potochnick, S., Perreira, K., Fuligni, A. Fitting in: The Roles of Social Acceptance and Discrimination in Shaping the Health of Latino Youth in the U.S. Southeast.  Population Association of America, Detroit, MI (May 2009) 
  • Potochnick, S. and Perreira, K. The Effects of Positive and Negative Racial/Ethnic Treatment on Adolescent Latino Mental Health in a New Receiving Community, Thirteenth Annual APPAM Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA (November 2008) 
  • Potochnick, S. and Perreira, K. Migration, Academic, and Mental Health Experiences of Latino Youth in North Carolina. Panel discussion at the Latino Youth Issues Forum, Asheboro, NC (September 2008)
  • Potochnick, S. and Perreira, K.  Being Well and Doing Well: The Health and Academic Experiences of Latino High School Students in North Carolina. Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Richmond, VA (April 2008)
  • Pedraza, J. and Perreira, K. Educational Aspiration and Expectations among 9th Grade North Carolina Latino/as. Race and Wealth Conference, Duke University, Durham, NC, (November 2007)
  • Pedraza, J. and Perreira, K. Educational Aspiration and Expectations among 9th Grade North Carolina Latino/as, Southern Demographic Association, Birmingham, AL (October 2007)
  • Pedraza, J. and Perreira, K.  Educational Aspiration and Expectations among 9th Grade North Carolina Latino/as. Pomona College Summer Research Conference, Claremont, CA (September 2007)