Latina and Latino Children's Mental Health
There are some 15 million Latino/a children under age 18 living in the United States, with one in every four living in poverty. What factors affect these kids—for better and worse? What can parents, teachers, politicians, and mental health practitioners do to help them grow up strong, confident, and successful?
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A team of expert academics and practitioners examines the life circumstances that impact Latino/a youth growing up in two cultures—their native culture and that of the United States.
What effect does growing up in an ethnic minority and perhaps in an immigrant family have on development? That is the overarching question Latina and Latino Children's Mental Health sets out to answer. The work examines all of the myriad physical, psychological, social, and environmental factors that undermine or support healthy development in Latino American children, from biology to economics to public policy.
The first volume of this two-volume set focuses on early-life experiences and the second on youth/adolescent issues, treating such topics as children's development of a sense of self, development of linguistic skills, peer relationships, sexual orientation, and physical development. The work analyzes familial relationships, often an important resource that helps young people build resilience despite the stresses of migration. And it looks at patterns of behavior, social status, and social-goal orientations that differentiate Latino/a children and adolescents from their African American and European American peers.
- Chapters from leading researchers across the United States who study Latino children and youth
- A glossary
- A bibliography
- Provides a critical analysis of the state of knowledge of Latino children and youth
- Emphasizes multiple theoretical frameworks and design methods
- Treats a broad array of topics, with multiple chapters focusing specifically on females and others focusing on education and the importance of schooling among U.S. Latino/a youth
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"This informative resource will be useful for students and mental health professionals interested in improving their understanding of the complex factors that affect the mental health of Latino children and youth. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
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