Risk and protection for social deviation in immigrant adolescents: Personality, family, and acculturation.

  • Jorge Sobral Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
  • José Antonio Gómez-Fraguela Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
  • Estrella Romero Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
  • Ángeles Luengo Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
  • Paula Villar Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
Keywords: Acculturation, personality, family, antisocial behavior.

Abstract

This study analyzes levels of antisocial behavior in Latino immigrant adolescents who are living in Spain. The results are integrated within a wide explanatory framework, defined by the relationships between acculturation strategies and personality variables and family functioning. The results allow us to underline configurations of high risk (and, alternatively, strongly protective) in terms of social deviation: particularly, a separation style linked to low cognitive and affective empathy, poor self-control, low parent supervision, low family adaptability and cohesion. Differences of sex/gender are considered for all the assessed variables. The results are discussed from a psychosocial viewpoint, suggesting the need of promoting patterns of bidirectional flexible integration for immigrants. These patterns would only be feasible when the receiving society favors acculturation attitudes contrary to ethnocentrism, prejudice, discrimination and xenophobia. Throughout the article, the dangers of approaches that hold immigrants exclusively responsible for their adaptive success are pointed out.
How to Cite
Sobral, J., Gómez-Fraguela, J. A., Romero, E., Luengo, Ángeles, & Villar, P. (1). Risk and protection for social deviation in immigrant adolescents: Personality, family, and acculturation. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 28(3), 665-674. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.28.3.155961
Section
Tema monográfico: Adolescencia y desviación social