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Chapter 22: A Cultural Approach for Promoting Resilience among Adjudicated Mexican American Youth

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A Cultural Approach for Promoting Resilience among Adjudicated Mexican American Youth
A cultural approach for promoting resilience among adjudicated mexican american youth
Felipe GonzálezCastroArizona State University
Cultural Contexts Affecting Mexican American Youth

This chapter examines elements of culture that relate to working with adjudicated Mexican American youth. This analysis moves beyond simple surface structure to provide a deep structure analysis (Resnicow, Soler, Braithwaite, Ahluwalia, & Butler, 2000) of factors affecting the adjustment of Mexican American youth. A major question examined in this chapter is “How can we promote resilience among Mexican American youth, who from early life are at high risk for adjudication based on being born into compromised life circumstances?” Such circumstances include a fragmented home environment; parental conflict; an impoverished barrio environment; exposure to drugs, gangs, ...

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