Strength or Strain: A Discussion on the Impacts of Child Language Brokering
College of Arts and Sciences
April S. Masarik
In 2010, the U. S. Census Bureau reported that over 40 million individuals (13% of the population) are foreign-born and 42% of these individuals report difficulty speaking English (Akam & Lazarevic, 2016; Greico et al., 2012). Parents often rely on children as brokers to interpret cultural and linguistic messages, and research is mixed on effects of brokering on the family unit (Akam & Lazarevic, 2016; Deng & Marlowe, 2013). Some researchers suggest that brokering can strengthen the parent-child relationship, promote self-efficacy, and improve academic performance. Other researchers state that brokering may promote anxiety, diminish confidence, and strain the family unit (Akam & Lazarevic, 2016; Greico et al., 2012; Lewig & Salveron, 2010; Renzaho & Vignjevic, 2011; Santino, Deng & Marlowe, 2013). In this presentation, we use the Conceptual Model of Primary Perspectives on Brokering to situate existing empirical research and discuss the perceived strengths and strains (Akam & Lazarevic, 2016).
Holdiman, Anna, "Strength or Strain: A Discussion on the Impacts of Child Language Brokering" (2018). 2018 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. 147.