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Cultural Orientation as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Chinese American Adolescents' Discrimination Experiences and Delinquent Behaviors

NCJ Number
Journal of Youth and Adolescence Volume: 39 Issue: 9 Dated: September 2010 Pages: 1027-1040
Shiying Deng; Su Yeong Kim; Phillip W. Vaughan; Jing Li
Date Published
September 2010
14 pages
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among Chinese American adolescents' discrimination experiences, cultural orientations, and delinquent behaviors.
Data were collected from 311 Chinese American adolescents (58 percent girls) and their parents when the adolescents were seventh or eighth graders and again 4 years later. The data analyses demonstrated that adolescents' perceptions of discrimination and victimization experiences were significantly related to their delinquent behaviors conditionally based upon their cultural orientation. Specifically, adolescents' high Chinese cultural orientation amplified the negative impact of discriminatory experiences on delinquent behaviors whereas high Western cultural orientation protected them against that impact. The significance of both ethnic and mainstream cultural orientations for understanding ethnic minority adolescents' adjustment and improving their adjustment outcomes is discussed. Tables, figures, and references (Published Abstract)