Acculturation and cognitive performance of migrant children in the Netherlands

FJR van de Vijver*, M Helms-Lorenz, MJA Feltzer

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Acculturative strategies and cognitive acculturation were studied among 118 Dutch migrant children (age: 7-12 years). Both an exploratory factor analysis and a Linear Logistic Test Model analysis provided evidence for the bipolar unidimensionality of Berry's four acculturation strategies; integration constituted one pole and assimilation, separation, and marginalization the other. Integration was by far the most popular strategy. Cognitive performance was measured by the Snijders-Oomen Nonverbal Intelligence Test, school report measures, and a computer-assisted choice reaction-time measure. A good fit was found for a structural model that postulated cognitive acculturation as the latent variable linking background measures (i.e. acculturation strategy, second language usage, age, and gender) to the cognitive measures. Relationships between background variables and cognitive performance were stronger in the first than in the second generation. Both older children and children who favour an integration strategy showed a higher degree of cognitive acculturation.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)149-162
Aantal pagina's14
TijdschriftInternational Journal of Psychology
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - jun.-1999

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