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Latino Youth as Information Leaders: Implications for Family Interaction and Civic Engagement in Immigrant Communities
Unformatted Document Text:  Information Leaders RUNNING HEAD: Information Leaders Latino Youth as Information Leaders: Implications for Family Interaction and Civic Engagement in Immigrant Communities Michael McDevitt & Mary Butler University of Colorado, Boulder August 2011 Minorities and Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Louis, MO. Abstract This study contemplates implications of Latino adolescents acting as information leaders in immigrant families. We highlight the heuristic value of thinking about the family as a venue for information exchanges that engender civic inclinations. This framework is refined by insights obtained from a survey and focus groups conducted in northern Colorado. We find that assimilation is both embraced and resisted in family communication, as parents and children work out tensions between Latino and Anglo values. Contact: Michael McDevittSchool of Journalism and Mass Communication1511 University Avenue, 478 UCBBoulder, Colorado 80309-0478

Authors: McDevitt, Mike. and Butler, Mary.
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Information Leaders
RUNNING HEAD: Information Leaders  
Latino Youth as Information Leaders:
Implications for Family Interaction and Civic Engagement in Immigrant Communities
Michael McDevitt & Mary Butler
University of Colorado, Boulder
August 2011
Minorities and Communication Division,  
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Louis, MO.
This study contemplates implications of Latino adolescents acting as information leaders in 
immigrant families. We highlight the heuristic value of thinking about the family as a venue for 
information exchanges that engender civic inclinations. This framework is refined by insights 
obtained from a survey and focus groups conducted in northern Colorado. We find that 
assimilation is both embraced and resisted in family communication, as parents and children 
work out tensions between Latino and Anglo values.
Michael McDevitt
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
1511 University Avenue, 478 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0478
Michael McDevitt (PhD, 1998, Stanford University) is Associate Professor in the School of 
Journalism and Mass Communication, and Mary Butler is a MA student in the Department of 
Communication at the University of Colorado. 
The authors express gratitude for support provided by the John S. and James L. Knight 
Foundation.  This study was made possible by a collaboration involving The Community 
Foundation, Boulder County; “I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County; Public 
Achievement at the University of Colorado; and the Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement at 

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