Social isolation among racial/ethnic minority immigrant youth

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Despite the long sociological tradition that focuses on the social adaptation of racial/ethnic minority immigrant youth, little work investigates whether these groups are socially isolated. However, existing research provides a strong foundation from which researchers can further explore this important topic. This article begins by discussing relevant theories and ongoing debates regarding minority immigrant youth's social relationships. Next, the article surveys literature across social science disciplines that describes relationships minority immigrant youth have (or in some cases, do not have) with three important social actors: their peers, teachers, and parents. The article concludes by providing recommendations for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-518
Number of pages10
JournalSociology Compass
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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