What Makes Acculturation Successful? A Study of Immigrant Students at Rutgers.

Project Details


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, the United States has been experiencing large scale and continuing immigration of people from around the world, but particularly Latin America and
Asia. Estimates are that by 2020, 15% of the U.S. population will be foreign born, surpassing
the impacts of immigration on the U.S. at the turn of the 20th Century. This makes
understanding processes of acculturation and their relation to successful social adjustment,
especially educational attainment, critical issues. This proposal responds to the call in the report
Questions that Matter for research that examines the impacts of ethnic identity,
family, and community factors on the successful transition from high school to college. It
complements the literature on the adaptation and adjustment of immigrant and second
generation youth to secondary schools. It amplifies recent work supported by NICHD that
focuses on educational success among immigrant children and the development of skills to
have a successful, productive, and healthy adult life. More broadly, the proposed study focuses on resilience factors among
immigrant children and their families that promote the ability of immigrant youth to take succeed
in this important developmental transition.
The goal of this application is to carry out a study of immigrant students who have entered
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, to delineate the key processes of adaptation and
adjustment that immigrant youth and their families go through to successfully negotiate life in
the United States. The proposed study will employ focus groups with 200 immigrant students to
understand in-depth their experiences of adaptation and adjustment to U.S. society and the
factors that helped them successfully attain college admission. A final product of the proposed
study will be the identification of key items for a new acculturation measure.
Effective start/end date2/1/111/31/14


  • National Institutes of Health: $231,000.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $193,125.00


  • Medicine(all)

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