Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Families, Immigrant Families in the United States
Linda R. Cote
The study of immigrant families in the United States is relevant to applied developmental science for several reasons. Chief among these is the increasing number of families immigrating to the United States. Results of the 2000 census indicate that 10% of the people living in the United States were born in other countries, making the current wave of immigrants the largest in U.S. history (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2001). Furthermore, many of those who immigrate to the United States have young or school-aged children. Current statistics indicate that 20% of children under the age of 18, or 14 million children, are either immigrants themselves or the children of immigrant parents (Committee on the Health and Adjustment of Immigrant Children and Families, 1998). Moreover, the majority of immigrants coming to the United States at the turn of the 21st century were from Asia and Latin America, and not from Europe ...