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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 Adaptation of Mexican American Youths in School Settings
Ethnic identity and adaptation of Mexican American youths in school settings
Martha E.Bernal
Delia S.Saenz
George P.Knight

In this chapter we review the research on school performance and attrition in Mexican American youths, emphasizing the manner in which their socialization as ethnic minority group members affects their psychological adaptation in schools. The aim of the review is not simply to address how Mexican Americans do in comparison to other groups but, rather, to examine how their membership as Americans of Mexican descent contributes to their adaptation in U.S. schools. The central questions of this review are the following: How is ethnic identity related to the adaptation of Mexican American youths in educational settings? How do the social, cultural, ...

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