Acting Bicultural Versus Feeling Bicultural: Cultural Adaptation and School-Related Attitudes Among U.S. Latina/o Youth

Ignacio D. Acevedo-Polakovich, Kelley M. Quirk, Jennifer R. Cousineau, Suchita R. Saxena, James I. Gerhart

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Abstract

This study examines whether incorporating a multidimensional perspective to the study of the relation between cultural adaptation and academic attitudes among Latinas/os in the United States can clarify this relation. Hypotheses about the relation between cultural adaptation and academic attitudes were examined using data provided by U.S. Latina/o high school students. Findings suggest that enculturation and acculturation moderate each other's effects on academic attitudes and that this moderation effect varies across cultural adaptation dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-47
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Hispanic Higher Education
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • academic attitudes
  • acculturation
  • cultural adaptation
  • enculturation
  • ethnic identity

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