Photo of naturalization ceremony held at the Grand Canyon, by Grand Canyon NPS.
The September 2012 issue of Child Development includes a special section featuring research about immigrant children and the children of immigrants. The section includes fifteen articles ranging in topics from acculturation and family roles among Mexican American adolescents to religious transmission among Moroccan-Dutch adolescents and their parents.
Several of the findings highlighted in the issue have important policy implications. An article by Suet-Ling Pong and Nancy S. Landale found that parents’ education level prior to immigration is the most important factor in their children’s achievement. A study by Christia Spears Brown and Hui Chu determined that school’s promotion of multiculturalism and teachers’ attitudes about diversity had a significant impact on Latino immigrant children’s perception of discrimination and development of positive ethnic identities.
The work of Ariel Kalil, PhD, professor at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, was also featured in the issue. Kalil will be giving a lecture, titled “The Long Reach of Early Childhood Poverty,” this March as part of the Schubert Center Conversation Series. Her article in Child Development examines the impact of parents’ precarious immigration status on the health of their low-income, American-born children.