Cultural attributes and adaptations linked to achievement motivation among latino adolescents Article

Ibañez, GE, Kuperminc, GP, Jurkovic, G et al. (2004). Cultural attributes and adaptations linked to achievement motivation among latino adolescents . JOURNAL OF YOUTH AND ADOLESCENCE, 33(6), 559-568. 10.1023/B:JOYO.0000048069.22681.2c

cited authors

  • Ibañez, GE; Kuperminc, GP; Jurkovic, G; Perilla, J

authors

abstract

  • This exploratory study examined whether associations between perceived school experiences and achievement motivation varied by language acculturation and generational status among a sample of immigrant and U.S. born Latino adolescents (n = 129). Ogbu's (1993) notion of primary and secondary cultural differences was adapted to better suit comparisons within this Latino group using the terms cultural attributes and cultural adaptations. Academic competence, school belonging, and parent involvement were positively related to achievement motivation. Academic competence and parent involvement were strongly related to achievement motivation among students who spoke English or were born in the U.S., suggesting that these associations may be cultural adaptations. Future intervention programs for Latino students, regardless of acculturation or generational status, should focus on making them feel supported and included. Acculturated Latino youth and youth who have lived in the U.S. for a long time should be targeted for programs that enhance academic competence and parent involvement.

publication date

  • December 1, 2004

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start page

  • 559

end page

  • 568

volume

  • 33

issue

  • 6