Immigrant youth constitute a vital, diverse, and distinct population whose understandings of and experiences in the civic realm are important in their own right. Their views and actions will also substantially impact the future of the United States—and potentially even our future world with its increasingly interconnected countries and cultures. We begin this chapter by listening to Anita, a 17-year-old second generation immigrant whose parents came to the United States from India. She took part in one of our interview studies with immigrant families that included a focus on civic involvement. As we will see in the course of this chapter, Anita's account of how she is and is not civically involved, and why, captures in an authentic way the vitality, diversity, and distinctiveness that is characteristic of the civic lives of immigrant youth. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)
Transitions: The Development of Children of Immigrants
immigrant youth, civic involvement
Jensen, Lene Arnett and Laplante, Justin, "Civic involvement" (2015). Psychology. 829.