Bicultural competence as a mediator and moderator of acculturative family distancing and psychological outcomes

Language is important because it is an oral form of how people interact with other people within a society. Language reinforces the ties among the people who speak the same language, and thus encourages cultural bonding.

I was left to my own accord to figure out what I needed to do to get into a college. My parents had too much faith in me and I lacked the maturity to value the importance of attending college.

  • While not every bicultural experience involves speaking two languages — especially for second- and third-generation Hispanics — interest in speaking Spanish is on the rise, which is further evidence of changing demographics.
  • That all changed in kindergarten when my mother received a letter from my school advising that they start speaking more English at home.
  • For a more comprehensive picture on bicultural competence development, future work may consider examining the associations among parents’ enculturative and acculturative values and adolescent bicultural skills, including development of frame-switching and integrative complexity.
  • Carrie Lara, PsyD, has been working with children in various community mental health settings since 2005.
  • „That’s changing and evolving — I do believe a lot of it has to do with the democratization of content,“ she said.

First, we describe the nature of parents’ value-based enculturation and acculturation processes in this sample. Mexican-origin parents’ value-based enculturation was characterized by high and stable or slightly declining endorsement of Mexican American values. Parents’ value-based acculturation was characterized by moderate and stable endorsement of mainstream American values.

It is suggested that some acculturating Latino adolescents experience high levels of accULTurative stress and these adolescents are also „at risk“ for experiencing critical levels of depression and suicidal ideation. A 22-year content analysis of quantitative empirical research that included acculturation and/or enculturation as a study variable and major findings and directions for future research are discussed. Two years ago I got an invite to Thanksgiving, but “only if you speak English to our child in front of “the family””, you know, to make everyone else feel good. I think I threw my head back in laughter and then breathed fire in my response, something like that. I uninvited myself by asking my family member to refrain from interfering in my relationship with my child, and asked if they prefer we attend as we are, or stay home. Working toward quality human services to Connecticut’s Latino/a community. Developing mentoring opportunities for Latino/a students in social work schools.

Exploring what biculturalism means today.

However, your children have many advantages, including being more aware and accepting of the diversity of the United States. On the other hand, there may be times when you and your child feel disadvantaged because you are balancing between two worlds. Experiencing and understanding different kinds of traditions, religions, languages, and practices broadens children’s minds. They get to see first-hand that there are different ways to live, celebrate, and express themselves. These differences provide advantages that help them excel in life.

Navigating cultural differences

Model specifications included covariances between residuals of observed variables within time (e.g., 5th grade Mexican American values endorsement residual with 5th grade mainstream American values endorsement residual) and growth factors allowed to freely covary. Third, we included parent nativity as a predictor of the growth factors to acknowledge nativity differences in parents’ enculturation and acculturation processes (Knight et al., 2009, 2010). The results from this prerequisite latent growth analyses were used to support hypotheses testing. Language and culture are basic components of providing a bilingual/bicultural experience for individuals and families who social workers serve, and historical, political, and economic conditions are part of this cultural experience. Thus, for example, it is important to understand that many of the individuals and families we serve come from traditionally oppressed groups and that this colors their perceptions and expectations of the world. Poverty may often play a pervasive role in how the individual perceives the world.

Family Relationships in Bicultural Living

Como español es el segundo idioma de D este blog se va a documentar las dudas, preguntas, preocupaciones, celebraciones y sorpresas del proceso. Bilingual/bicultural social workers should be assigned a diverse caseload. If a worker is assigned a caseload of all traditionally oppressed and/or non-English speaking clients, then caseload size should be reduced. This would equalize caseload responsibilities and reduce “burn out”. As the bi-lingual/bi-cultural population continues to grow so will the need for bi-lingual/bi-cultural social workers. Workplace issues will only become more prominent if not addressed.

„That’s changing and evolving — I do believe a lot of it has to do with the democratization of content,“ she said. „You have thousands of people around the world creating stuff that reflects who they are, that reflects a different type of American and a different type of identity, and people feel connected and related to that.“ But Latinos account for over half of the nation’s population growth in the last decade, and bicultural Hispanics are shaping American culture, politics and entertainment. „I came from the comedy world where being called Connor and being from Connecticut was the norm, and I saw myself hiding the complexities of my identity. Then I started making content online about my very specific experience as a Venezuelan American,“ Hausmann said. „I was shocked to see the positive reactions not only from Venezuelans, but from people from everywhere. … That’s when I realized that identity isn’t something to hide; it’s actually a strength in creating content and creating comedy.“

The BII seeks to find whether an individual has a cultural distance or conflict within one’s cultures, which in turn helps indicate how biculturally competent we are. A fun and easy way to help visually depict cultural identity is to create a list of what makes up your own cultural identity. For example, mother, daughter, wife, Euro-American descendant, English and Spanish speaker, author, piano player, aspiring gardener, etc. Other ways to proactively talk about cultural identity include learning new recipes, language, or music and dance.

There was only one other Vietnamese child in my second grade class and she served as my translator. I was tired of having other children make fun of us when we were speaking in our native tongue. So I listened, memorized, and mimicked everything I heard in English.

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