01.04.2012 - 31.12.2014 / SHARE
Assimilation and Interethnic Differences in Delinquency in the United States
This research addresses the question if generational status and assimilation (measured as language use) affect delinquency among immigrants in the United States. The theoretical frameworks applied are classic assimilation theory and segmented assimilation theory. Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health are used to analyze differences in delinquency among Afro-Americans, Asians, Euro-Americans, and Latinos. Negative binomial regressions suggest that compared to the Euro-American reference group, second generation Latinos represent the only immigrant group that is significantly more likely to report delinquent activities during early adolescence, controlling for age, sex, parents’ socioeconomic status, and urbanicity. However, adherence to country‐of‐origin culture by preserving the native language has a protective effect and makes the significant differences disappear.