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Discrimination, the Model Minority Stereotype, and Peer Relationships Across the High School Years.

Taylor L Thompson, Lisa Kiang, Melissa R Witkow,

Ethnic stereotyping can profoundly influence youth adjustment; however, little work has addressed how the model minority stereotype may affect adolescent social adjustment. This study examined Asian American adolescents' peer relationships over time and how perceived discrimination and model minority stereotyping are associated with positive (support) and negative (criticism) qualities in ... Read more >>

J Youth Adolesc (Journal of youth and adolescence)
[2020, 49(9):1884-1896]

Cited: 1 time

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Identifying as American among Adolescents from Asian Backgrounds.

Lisa Kiang, Melissa R Witkow,

An important aspect of identity development requires adolescents to consider and select the cultural label or labels that best fit with their conception of who they are. Yet, little is known about the longitudinal development of such labeling preferencs and their possible links with adjustment. Using longitudinal data from 180 ... Read more >>

J Youth Adolesc (Journal of youth and adolescence)
[2018, 47(1):64-76]

Cited: 6 times

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Early Adolescents' Peer Experiences with Ethnic Diversity in Middle School: Implications for Academic Outcomes.

Jakeem Amir Lewis, Adrienne Nishina, Alysha Ramirez Hall, Shannon Cain, Amy Bellmore, Melissa R Witkow,

As the U.S. becomes increasingly ethnically diverse, opportunities for cross-ethnic interaction at school may be increasing, and these interactions may have implications for academic outcomes for both ethnic minority and White youth. The current study examines how cross-ethnic peer relationships, measured using peer nominations for acceptance and daily lunchtime interactions, ... Read more >>

J Youth Adolesc (Journal of youth and adolescence)
[2018, 47(1):194-206]

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Mismatches in Self-Reported and Meta-Perceived Ethnic Identification across the High School Years.

Adrienne Nishina, Amy Bellmore, Melissa R Witkow, Karen Nylund-Gibson, Sandra Graham,

Ethnic identification (i.e., one's self-reported ethnicity) is a social construction and therefore subject to misperceptions by others. When adolescents' self-views and others' perceptions are not aligned, adolescents may experience adjustment challenges. The present study examined mismatches between adolescents' ethnic identification (i.e., self-reported ethnicity) and meta-perceptions (i.e., what ethnicity they believed ... Read more >>

J Youth Adolesc (Journal of youth and adolescence)
[2018, 47(1):51-63]

Cited: 2 times

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Daily School Context of Adolescents' Single Best Friendship and Adjustment.

Melissa R Witkow, Nicolette P Rickert, Laura E Cullen,

Research on adolescent best friendships typically focuses on school-based friendships, ignoring important differences between classroom-based and out-of-school friendships. With data from 156 ninth-grade students, many of whom named more than 1 best friend across the 14-day period, the authors examined associations between the daily school context of one's best friendship ... Read more >>

J Genet Psychol (The Journal of genetic psychology)
[2017, 178(2):119-132]

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Associations Between Adolescents' Weight and Maladjustment Differ With Deviation From Weight Norms in Social Contexts.

Carolyn Sutter, Adrienne Nishina, Melissa R Witkow, Amy Bellmore,

<h4>Background</h4>In line with the reflected self-appraisal hypothesis, previous research finds associations between weight and maladjustment are strongest when there is a mismatch between individuals' weight and the weight norm of their social contexts. However, research has not considered associations in more proximal social contexts. We examined differences in associations between ... Read more >>

J Sch Health (The Journal of school health)
[2016, 86(9):638-644]

Cited: 2 times

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Nice Guys and Gals Finish Last? Not in Early Adolescence When Empathic, Accepted, and Popular Peers are Desirable.

Andrew R Bower, Adrienne Nishina, Melissa R Witkow, Amy Bellmore,

Little is known about attributes that elicit romantic desirability in early adolescence. The current study, with a sample of 531 sixth-grade students (45% boys) attending ethnically diverse middle schools, used a resource control framework to explore which self-reported behaviors (e.g., empathy and aggression) and peer-reported status (e.g., acceptance and perceived ... Read more >>

J Youth Adolesc (Journal of youth and adolescence)
[2015, 44(12):2275-2288]

Cited: 2 times

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Model Minority Stereotyping, Perceived Discrimination, and Adjustment Among Adolescents from Asian American Backgrounds.

Lisa Kiang, Melissa R Witkow, Taylor L Thompson,

The model minority image is a common and pervasive stereotype that Asian American adolescents must navigate. Using multiwave data from 159 adolescents from Asian American backgrounds (mean age at initial recruitment = 15.03, SD = .92; 60 % female; 74 % US-born), the current study targeted unexplored aspects of the model minority experience in conjunction with ... Read more >>

J Youth Adolesc (Journal of youth and adolescence)
[2016, 45(7):1366-1379]

Cited: 6 times

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Understanding Differences in College Persistence: A Longitudinal Examination of Financial Circumstances, Family Obligations, and Discrimination in an Ethnically Diverse Sample.

Melissa R Witkow, Virginia Huynh, Andrew J Fuligni,

Ethnic and generation differences in motivation and achievement have been well-established. However, less work has examined the role of social factors on educational outcomes among individuals from diverse backgrounds. With a longitudinal sample of 408 Latino, Asian, and European-American students, we examine family, discrimination, and financial factors in 12th grade ... Read more >>

Appl Dev Sci (Applied developmental science)
[2015, 19(1):4-18]

Cited: 3 times

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Normative changes in ethnic and American identities and links with adjustment among Asian American adolescents.

Lisa Kiang, Melissa R Witkow, Mariette C Champagne,

Identity development is a highly salient task for adolescents, especially those from immigrant backgrounds, yet longitudinal research that tracks simultaneous change in ethnic identity and American identity over time has been limited. With a focus on 177 Asian American adolescents recruited from an emerging immigrant community, in the current study, ... Read more >>

Dev Psychol (Developmental psychology)
[2013, 49(9):1713-1722]

Cited: 13 times

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Longitudinal consistency of adolescent ethnic identification across varying school ethnic contexts.

Adrienne Nishina, Amy Bellmore, Melissa R Witkow, Karen Nylund-Gibson,

The present study examined consistency and inconsistency in adolescents' ethnic identification (i.e., self-reported ethnicity) across the 6 middle-school semesters. The sample (N = 1,589, of whom 46% were boys and 54% were girls) included African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Caucasian/White, Latino/Latina, Mexican/Mexican American, and multiethnic students. Latent class analyses yielded 3 ... Read more >>

Dev Psychol (Developmental psychology)
[2010, 46(6):1389-1401]

Cited: 15 times

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Change in ethnic identity across the high school years among adolescents with Latin American, Asian, and European backgrounds.

Lisa Kiang, Melissa R Witkow, Oscar A Baldelomar, Andrew J Fuligni,

Changes in adolescents' ethnic identity (e.g., exploration, belonging) were examined over the 4 years of high school. Results from 541 adolescents (51% female) with Latin American, Asian, and European backgrounds suggest that, as a group, adolescents do not report developmental changes in their ethnic exploration and belonging over time. Yet, ... Read more >>

J Youth Adolesc (Journal of youth and adolescence)
[2010, 39(6):683-693]

Cited: 22 times

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Stability and change in ethnic labeling among adolescents from Asian and Latin American immigrant families.

Andrew J Fuligni, Lisa Kiang, Melissa R Witkow, Oscar Baldelomar,

An important question for the acculturation of adolescents from immigrant families is whether they retain ethnic labels that refer to their national origin (e.g., Mexican, Chinese) or adopt labels that are dominant in American society (e.g., Latino, Asian American, American). Approximately 380 adolescents from Asian and Latin American immigrant families ... Read more >>

Child Dev (Child development)
[2008, 79(4):944-956]

Cited: 19 times

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will make me feel sick: the psychosocial, somatic, and scholastic consequences of peer harassment.

Adrienne Nishina, Jaana Juvonen, Melissa R Witkow,

This study examined associations among peer victimization, psychosocial problems, physical symptoms, and school functioning across the 1st year in middle school. An ethnically diverse sample of urban 6th graders (N=1,526) reported on their perceptions of peer victimization, psychosocial adjustment, and physical symptoms during fall and spring. Objective measures of school ... Read more >>

J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol (Journal of clinical child and adolescent psychology : the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 53)
[2005, 34(1):37-48]

Cited: 75 times

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Beyond the individual: the impact of ethnic context and classroom behavioral norms on victims' adjustment.

Amy D Bellmore, Melissa R Witkow, Sandra Graham, Jaana Juvonen,

With a sample of 1,630 sixth-grade students from 77 classrooms, the authors used hierarchical linear modeling to examine how ethnicity within context and classroom social disorder influenced the association between peer victimization and social-psychological adjustment (loneliness and social anxiety). Victimized students in classrooms where many classmates shared their ethnicity reported ... Read more >>

Dev Psychol (Developmental psychology)
[2004, 40(6):1159-1172]

Cited: 46 times

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