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Date:2/22/2010

born counterparts despite their more challenging situations.

"First-generation teens do better in school, get into less trouble, have fewer early pregnancies, and so on, but by the second or third generation, that protective effect dissipates. A lot of immigrant families have tremendous optimism. They think, our life here is difficult, but we're here to improve our children's chances and, besides, things may be worse back home," she said.

"By the third generation, things often look very differentmaybe because of discrimination, bad schools, or socioeconomic factors," she said.

Raffaelli said that she and other researchers are working to update what is known about American Latino families. "Cultural ideals provide general guidelines, but we need recent research to tell us whether people believe in these ideals and how much those beliefs affect behavior," she said.


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Contact: Phyllis Picklesimer
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217-244-2827
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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