CitationYe, Leafia Zi & Fletcher, Jason (2022). Immigrant status and the social returns to academic achievement in adolescence. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. vol. 48 (15) pp. 3619-3640
AbstractSocial scientists have long debated whether high-achieving students of color are socially sanctioned. This discussion has rarely focused on immigrant students, who are exceptionally diverse in their educational performance and face challenges in social integration at school. This article assesses whether the effect of academic achievement on U.S. adolescents? popularity among peers varies by immigrant status. Further, we investigate whether the same pattern holds for immigrant students across racial/ethnic groups. While theoretical frameworks led us to expect that some immigrant groups would be socially punished for their school achievement, we did not find evidence for a negative effect of achievement (GPA) on popularity (number of alters nominating ego as a friend) for any group. Instead, the effect of achievement on popularity is positive but smaller among second-generation and foreign-born students than among white students from native-born families. This social penalty is observed across Black and most Hispanic immigrant subgroups, applies to some Asian immigrant subgroups, and does not apply to white immigrant students.
Keyword(s)Children of immigrants
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Author(s)Ye, Leafia Zi