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Parental ethnic identity and child test scores

Campbell, S; Nuevo‐Chiquero, A; Popli, G; Ratcliffe, A; (2020) Parental ethnic identity and child test scores. Fiscal Studies 10.1111/1475-5890.12236. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

We examine the relationship between parental ethnic identity and the test scores of ethnic minority children. We use standard survey measures of the strength of parental identity alongside validated cognitive test scores in a rich British cohort study. We show that children whose mothers report either an adoption or an active rejection of the majority identity tend to score lower in cognitive tests at age 7, compared to those children whose mothers report neutral feelings about the majority identity. We find no consistent differences in test scores according to mothers’ minority identity. Our findings provide no support for education or citizenship policies which promote the adoption of the majority identity or discourage the maintenance of separate identities in ethnic minority communities.

Type: Article
Title: Parental ethnic identity and child test scores
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1475-5890.12236
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-5890.12236
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Ethnic identity, national identity, test scores, child development
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106547
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