1st Edition

Immigrant Youth in Cultural Transition Acculturation, Identity, and Adaptation Across National Contexts

    340 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Classic Edition of 'Immigrant Youth in Cultural Transition', first published in 2006, includes a new introduction by the editors, describing the ongoing relevance of this volume in the context of future challenges for this vital field of study. It emphasizes the importance of continued actions and policies to improve the quality of interactions between multiple ethno-cultural groups, and highlights how these issues have developed the field of cross-cultural psychology.

    In the original text, an international team of psychologists with interests in acculturation, identity, and development describes the experience and adaptation of immigrant youth, using data from over 7,000 immigrant youth from diverse cultural backgrounds and national youth living in 13 countries of settlement. They explore the way in which immigrant adolescents carry out their lives at the intersection of two cultures (those of their heritage group and the national society), and how well these youth are adapting to their intercultural experience. It explores four distinct patterns followed by youth during their acculturation: *an integration pattern, in which youth orient themselves to, and identify with both cultures; *an ethnic pattern, in which youth are oriented mainly to their own group; *a national pattern, in which youth look primarily to the national society; and *a diffuse pattern, in which youth are uncertain and confused about how to live interculturally. The study shows the variation in both the psychological adaptation and the sociocultural adaptation among youth, with most adapting well.

    This Classic Edition continues to be highly valuable reading for researchers, graduate students, and public policy makers who have an interest in public health, psychology, anthropology, sociology, demography, education, and psychiatry.

    Preface to the Classic Edition

    J.W. Berry, D.L. Sam, P. Vedder


    Foreword to the 2006 edition

    K. Phalet


    Preface to the 2006 edition

    J.W. Berry, J.S. Phinney, K. Kwak, D.L. Sam

    Introduction: Goals and Research Framework for Studying Immigrant Youth.

    J.W. Berry, C. Westin, E. Virta, P. Vedder, R. Rooney, D. Sang


    Design of the Study: Selecting Societies of Settlement and Immigrant Groups.

    P. Vedder, F.J.R. van de Vijver


    Methodological Aspects: Studying Adolescents in 13 Countries

    J.S. Phinney, J.W. Berry, P. Vedder, K. Liebkind


    The Acculturation Experience: Attitudes, Identities, and Behaviors of Immigrant Youth. D.L. Sam, P. Vedder, C. Ward, G. Horenczyk


    Psychological and Sociocultural Adaptation of Immigrant Youth

    P. Vedder, F.J.R. van de Vijver, K. Liebkind


    Predicting Immigrant Youth's Adaptation Across Countries and Ethnocultural Groups

    J.S. Phinney, P. Vedder


    Family Relationship Values of Adolescents and Parents: Intergenerational Discrepancies and Adaptation

    P. Vedder, D.L. Sam, F.J.R. van de Vijver, J.S. Phinney


    Vietnamese and Turkish Immigrant Youth: Acculturation and Adaptation in Two Ethnocultural Groups

    J.S. Phinney, J.W. Berry, D.L. Sam, P. Vedder


    Understanding Immigrant Youth: Conclusions and Implications

    J.S. Phinney, J.W. Berry, D.L. Sam, P. Vedder





    John W. Berry is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Queen's University, Canada. He received his BA from Sir George Williams University, his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Athens and Université de Geneve. He has published over 40 books in the areas of cross- cultural, intercultural, social and cognitive psychology with various colleagues. He is a Fellow the Royal Society of Canada, and of many academic associations.

    Paul Vedder, PhD, is Professor Emeritus Youth Care and Behavioral Problems in Youth at Leiden University, Netherlands. Before this chair he held a chair of Cultural Diversity in Education and Development at the same university. His research focusses on youth inter- and intragenerational relationships in acculturation contexts and how these affect their learning and development.

    David L. Sam PhD is a professor of cross-cultural psychology at the University of Bergen, where he divides his position between the Department of Psychosocial Science (Faculty of Psychology) and the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care. Sam has been a Diasporean-Carnegie visiting scholar at the University of Ghana. His research interest is on acculturation of young people from a comparative perspective. He has also researched on several topical issues in different countries including Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. He has published books on acculturation and cross-cultural psychology.

    "...successfully describes various aspects of the acculturation, identity, and adaptation of immigrant youth cross-nationally. Gender and peer group influences receive good coverage, which is not always the case in such studies. The adaptation of immigrant youth appears in a positive light. 'Immigrant Youth in Cultural Transition' could serve as a catalyst for widespread change in conceptions of the immigrant youth experience." —PsycCRITIQUES