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Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2019-16
Sandy Dietrich and Kurt Bauman
Component ID: #ti2013900124

Acculturation is a process experienced by U.S. immigrants, who leave their home country to come to a new country, finding themselves in a world that is completely new; new customs, new language, and new way of living, which they have to learn to live in. This can be especially stressful for children who are still developing (cognitively, emotionally, and physically), which can result in negative future consequences. Therefore, it is important to identify the factors in different contexts- family and community levels- that can facilitate acculturation and lead to positive outcomes for the child and family unit. This paper uses data from the American Community Survey to explore the associations of household and community characteristics with children’s linguistic acculturation. Logistic regression models demonstrated the contextual factors related to acculturation in children. Exposure to the U.S. (e.g. age of entry, time in the U.S.) and the exposure to English in the household had an influence on children’s English ability.  

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