The quiet migration of adopted adolescents in Italy: Ethnic identity, reflected minority categorization, and ethnic discrimination

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Abstract

Internationally adopted adolescents face the crucial developmental task of shaping their ethnic identity by balancing their dual belongingness to the current cultural background and the birth country’s ethnic background. This process does not depend exclusively on individual variables, but it is embedded within the social context. The present study was aimed at exploring the role of ethnic discrimination in moderating the association between reflected minority categorization, on the one hand, and ethnic identity, on the other. A self-report questionnaire was administrated to 180 internationally adopted adolescents. Results showed that at high levels of ethnic discrimination the relation between reflected minority categorization and ethnic identity in terms of commitment was negative and stronger. When considering instead ethnic identity in terms of exploration, it is possible to note that higher levels of reflected minority categorization were associated with higher levels of exploration. Findings are discussed in light of post-adoption intervention for adoptees.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-16
Numero di pagine16
RivistaJOURNAL OF PREVENTION & INTERVENTION IN THE COMMUNITY
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021

Keywords

  • Ethnic discrimination
  • ethnic identity
  • internationally adopted adolescents
  • reflected minority categorization

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