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Building and using a social network: nurture for low-income Chinese American adolescents' learning.

Authors
  • Li, Jin
  • Holloway, Susan D
  • Bempechat, Janine
  • Loh, Elaine
Type
Published Article
Journal
New directions for child and adolescent development
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Volume
2008
Issue
121
Pages
9–25
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/cd.220
PMID: 18792948
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Little research has examined how low-income Asian American children are supported to achieve well in school. The authors used the notion of social capital to study higher versus lower achieving Chinese adolescents from low-income backgrounds. They found that families of higher-achieving adolescents built and used more effectively three kinds of social networks in lieu of direct parental involvement: (a) designating a helper in and outside the home for the child, (b) identifying peer models for the child to emulate, and (c) involving extended kin to guide the child jointly. These forms of social capital reflect Chinese cultural values applied to the challenges of immigrant adaptation.

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