The Relationship of Language Brokering to Ethnic Identity for Latino Early Adolescents

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Children of immigrant parents often translate written and face-to-face communication for parents and other adults, also known as language brokering. Fifty-five sixth-grade, Latino adolescents report their experiences and feelings toward language brokering, their level of acculturation, and their ethnic identity in a questionnaire. Generally, the participants view language brokering positively. Those who are less acculturated are translating more frequently than those who are more acculturated. Feelings toward language brokering also positively influence level of ethnic identity. This study demonstrates that language brokering may result in stronger feelings toward the ethnic group and greater ethnic identity.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
StatePublished - 2005


  • language brokering
  • ethnic identity
  • acculturation
  • translation


  • Psychology
  • Curriculum and Instruction

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