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Spanish LegaciesThe Coming of Age of the Second Generation$
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Alejandro Portes, Rosa Aparicio, and Williiam Haller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286290

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286290.001.0001

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The Psychosocial Adaptation of the Second Generation

The Psychosocial Adaptation of the Second Generation

Self-Identities, Self-Esteem, and Related Variables

(p.109) Six The Psychosocial Adaptation of the Second Generation
Spanish Legacies

Alejandro Portes

Rosa Aparicio

William Haller

University of California Press

We present empirical findings concerning psycho-social outcomes of the process of adaptation of second-generation youths in Spain and compare them systematically with results from the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study in the United States. Outcomes include national self-identification, perceptions of external discrimination, self-esteem, intergenerational relations, and language use. Overall, results indicate a rather benign integration of children of immigrants in Spain and their ready integration into the universe of young Spaniards. These findings contrast with the more challenging psycho-social adaptation path of migrant youths in the United States, as they confront strong racial stereotypes and an inescapable system of ethno-racial stratification. Practical and theoretical implications of these notable differences are examined.

Keywords:   psycho-social adaptation, self-identity, self-esteem, intergenerational relations, discrimination, ethno-racial stratification

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