The Immigrant Paradox in the Problem Behaviors of Youth in the United States: A Meta-analysis.

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From: Child Development(Vol. 92, Issue 2)
Publisher: Wiley Subscription Services, Inc.
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 141 words

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This meta-analysis synthesizes the empirical data on problem behaviors among foreign- (G1) and U.S-born (G2+) youth and explores the effects of immigrant status on youth internalizing and externalizing problems. A random effects meta-regression with robust variance estimates summarized effect sizes for internalizing and externalizing problems across 91 studies (N = 179,315, M.sub.age = 13.98). Results indicated that G1 youth reported significantly more internalizing problems (g = .06), and fewer externalizing problems than G2+ youth (g = -.06). Gender and sample type moderated the effects. The findings provide a first-step toward reconciling mixed support for the immigrant paradox by identifying for whom and under what conditions the immigrant experience serves as a risk or protective factor for youth. CAPTION(S): Appendix S1. Studies Included in the Meta-analysis Byline: Jacqueline L. Tilley, Stanley J. Huey, JoAnn M. Farver, Mark H.C. Lai, Crystal X. Wang

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