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Turjanmaa, E., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I. A comparative study of parental knowledge and adaptation of immigrant youth. CMS 8, 47 (2020).

A comparative study of parental knowledge and adaptation of immigrant youth

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Author: Turjanmaa, Elina1; Jasinskaja-Lahti, Inga2
Organizations: 1Research Unit for History, Culture and Communications, University of Oulu, PO Box 1000, FI-900014, Oulu, Finland
2University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-02-15


In general, parental knowledge is known to support adolescents’ adaptation. Less is known about the role of parental knowledge in psychological (i.e., anxiety) and socio-cultural (i.e., school achievement) adaptation of adolescents with immigrant background, and how parental knowledge and social characteristics (i.e., gender, generational status, immigrant background, and family’ socioeconomic background) of immigrant adolescents jointly influence their adaptation outcomes. This study explores the role of adolescent-reported parental knowledge in explaining adaptation outcomes among first- and second-generation immigrant boys and girls from four different immigrant groups. The study utilizes the national Finnish School Health Promotion survey data (N = 2697, 45% female, M age = 15.6 years, SD = .91) and illustrates the complex relationship between parental knowledge and adolescents’ adaptation.

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Series: Comparative migration studies
ISSN: 2214-8590
ISSN-E: 2214-594X
ISSN-L: 2214-8590
Volume: 8
Article number: 47
DOI: 10.1186/s40878-020-00207-z
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 5141 Sociology
515 Psychology
Funding: This work was supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation (grant number: 00130515).
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