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How can psychology contribute to our understanding of Hispanics in the United States? Edited by Amado M. Padilla, Hispanic Psychology offers students, researchers, and practitioners the most contemporary and complete view of psychological writings available today. The topics tackled by a team of social scientists include adaptation to a new culture in the United States, the role of the family in acculturation, ethnic identification for Hispanics, health and mental health service and research needs of Hispanics, and changing gender roles in Hispanic culture. This volume examines such complex subjects as Chicano male gang members, homeless female AIDS victims, and educational resiliency of students with authority and perceptivity. This book brings together diverse psychological issues that will spark an interest in anyone wishing to have a ...

Theoretical Assumptions and Empirical Evidence for Academic Achievement in Two Languages
Theoretical assumptions and empirical evidence for academic achievement in two languages
Kathryn J.Lindholm

Two-way bilingual/immersion education programs offer both native English- and Spanish-speaking children opportunities to become bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish while studying the regular academic curriculum. Three important assumptions related to the theoretical relationship between language and thought underlie the two-way bilingual/immersion model: (a) High levels of proficiency in the two languages will facilitate cognitive processing; (b) there are two types of language proficiency, academic and communicative, and the extent to which one is proficient in these two types may vary; and (c) there is transfer of content across languages. This chapter addresses these theoretical assumptions in an examination of the Spanish ...

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