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J Res Adolesc. 2017 Mar;27(1):4-19. doi: 10.1111/jora.12272. Epub 2016 Jul 19.

Unauthorized Status and Youth Development in the United States: Consensus Statement of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

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New York University.
University of California.
Harvard University.


In the United States, 5.3 million children and adolescents are growing up either with unauthorized status or with at least one parent who has that status. Until recently, little in the way of research has informed federal, state, and local policy debates related to unauthorized status (e.g., border enforcement, deportation, and a pathway to citizenship) although these issues have important implications for youth development. This statement is a brief summary of the research evidence on multiple domains of development that may be affected by the child or parent's unauthorized status. We also describe the contextual and psychological mechanisms that may link this status to developmental outcomes. We summarize a range of policies and practices that could reduce the developmental harm to children, youth, and their families stemming from this status. Finally, we conclude with recommendations for policy, practice, and research that are based on the evidence reviewed.

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