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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 ...

Acculturative Stress: Minority Status and Distress
Acculturative stress: Minority status and distress
Delia H.Saldaña

College can be stressful, especially if a student is Hispanic or other ethnic minority. Hispanics comprise only a small percentage of the total enrollment in higher education and are at risk for higher rates of attrition (McCool, 1984). Further, Hispanic students have experienced poorer academic performance and higher rates of psychological distress when compared to their White peers (Cope & Hannah, 1975; Munoz & Garcia-Bahne, 1978; Powers, 1984; Rugg, 1982; Vasquez, 1978).

Among those reported to be at greatest risk for high levels of stress are Hispanics who are first-generation students (Billson & Terry, 1982), or who have had interruptions in college attendance (Luther & Dukes, 1982). In addition, financial restrictions (Blackwell, 1978; Brown, ...

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