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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 ...

Ethnic Identity and Self-Esteem: A Review and Integration
Ethnic identity and self-esteem: A review and integration
Jean S.Phinney

A fundamental question in the study of ethnic identity has been its possible positive or negative impact on the psychological adjustment of minority group members. The issue might be phrased as follows: Is a strong sense of identification with one's ethnic culture likely to act as a positive influence on well-being, by providing a sense of belonging and serving as a buffer against the negative impact of prejudice and discrimination? Or, conversely, might this sense of belonging promote internalization of negative stereotypes and serve to emphasize one's difference from the dominant culture, thus increasing the stress of minority status? This chapter examines theoretical and empirical writing that bears on ...

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