The Development of Ethnic Self-Identification in Latino/a Adolescents


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  • Speaker: Tissyana Camacho, Doctoral Student, Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan
  • Host Department: Psychology
  • Date: 11/11/2013
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Location: 4464A East Hall

  • Description:

    The ethnic self-identification of Latino adolescents has been of growing interest to developmental psychologists because of its fluidity throughout adolescence and its relationship with developmental outcomes. The present study analyzes how socio-demographic factors relate to changes in ethnic self-identification, as well as how psychosocial functioning and experiences of discrimination relate to changes in ethnic self-identification across adolescence. Approximately 1,980 Latino adolescents from the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study were examined for change in ethnic self-identification from mid to late adolescence. Consistent with prior research, results suggest that fluctuation in ethnic self-identification across adolescence is common for Latino youth. Results also demonstrated that gender and discrimination predict change in ethnic self-identification, and such change, in turn, predicts psychosocial functioning. The study elucidates factors related to changes in ethnic self-identification for Latino adolescents and highlights recommendations for future research



    Bio:  Tissyana Camacho is a Doctoral Candidate in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan, as well as a Rackham Merit Fellow. Tissyana earned her BA in Psychology at California State University, Northridge where she was a NIMH-COR Scholar. She currently studies how Latino youth and young adults conceptualize ethnicity and how ethnicity is important to their social identity. She's interested in how contextual factors shape ethnic identity - specifically how experiences in higher education help form or alter ethnic identity in Latino students.