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Parents’ Role in the Ethnic Socialization of Youth in Malaysia

Faculty of Language and Communication, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan 94300, Malaysia
Academic Editor: Todd Michael Franke
Youth 2022, 2(1), 67-79;
Received: 27 November 2021 / Revised: 23 February 2022 / Accepted: 1 March 2022 / Published: 8 March 2022
The study examines the influence of the ethnic background on the parents’ role in the ethnic socialization of youths in Malaysia. A survey of 894 youths, who were aged 18–40 years, and who were from Malay, Chinese, Indigenous, and Indian ethnic backgrounds, was conducted. The questionnaire results show moderate levels of ethnic affiliation and parental socialization. The influence of other people in the ethnic socialization, namely, relatives other than the parents, as well as friends and other adults (teachers, neighbors, and people of the same religion), was limited. The parents of the youths were engaged in more positive ethnic socialization than negative ethnic socialization. The participants’ parents talked to them about cultural pluralism and cultural pride from once to several times a year, but the Indian participants reported frequencies of more than once per month. Conversations that prepared the participants for bias and that promoted mistrust occurred one to two times a year, but they occurred up to several times a year for the Indian participants. The parents of the Indigenous, Malay, and Chinese participants engaged in less frequent ethnic socialization. As a majority group, the Malay parents may have felt secure in their privileged status; however, the groups with immigrant backgrounds responded to their marginalized status in divergent ways with respect to the activeness of the parental ethnic socialization. View Full-Text
Keywords: parent; political socialization; youth; Malaysia parent; political socialization; youth; Malaysia
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Ting, S.-H. Parents’ Role in the Ethnic Socialization of Youth in Malaysia. Youth 2022, 2, 67-79.

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