Adolescent Diversity in Ethnic, Economic, and Cultural Contexts


Edited by: Raymond Montemayor, Gerald R. Adams & Thomas P. Gullotta

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  • Advances in Adolescent Development an Annual Book Series: Volume 10

    Series Editors:

    Gerald R. Adams, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    Raymond Montemayor, Ohio State University

    Thomas P. Gullotta, Child and Family Agency, Connecticut

    Advances in Adolescent Development is an annual book series designed to analyze, integrate, and critique an abundance of new research and literature in the field of adolescent development. Contributors are selected from numerous disciplines based on their creative, analytic, and influential scholarship in order to provide information pertinent to professionals as well as upper-division and graduate students. The Series Editors' goals are to evaluate the current empirical and theoretical knowledge about adolescence, and to encourage the formulation (or expansion) of new directions in research and theory development.

    Volumes in This Series

    Volume 1:Biology of Adolescent Behavior and Development, edited by Gerald R. Adams, Raymond Montemayor, and Thomas P. Gullotta
    Volume 2:From Childhood to Adolescence: A Transitional Period? edited by Raymond Montemayor, Gerald R. Adams, and Thomas P. Gullotta
    Volume 3:Developing Social Competency in Adolescence, edited by Thomas P. Gullotta, Gerald R. Adams, and Raymond Montemayor
    Volume 4:Adolescent Identity Formation, edited by Gerald R. Adams, Thomas P. Gullotta, and Raymond Montemayor
    Volume 5:Adolescent Sexuality, edited by Thomas P. Gullotta, Gerald R. Adams, and Raymond Montemayor
    Volume 6:Personal Relationships During Adolescence, edited by Raymond Montemayor, Gerald R. Adams, and Thomas P. Gullotta
    Volume 7:Substance Misuse in Adolescence, edited by Thomas P. Gullotta, Gerald R. Adams, and Raymond Montemayor
    Volume 8:Psychosocial Development During Adolescence: Progress in Developmental Contextualism edited by Gerald R. Adams, Raymond Montemayor, and Thomas P. Gullotta
    Volume 9:Delinquent Violent Youth: Theory and Interventions edited by Thomas P. Gullotta, Gerald R. Adams, and Raymond Montemayor
    Volume 10:Adolescent Diversity in Ethnic, Economic, and Cultural Contexts edited by Raymond Montemayor, Gerald R. Adams, and Thomas P. Gullotta


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    Advances in Adolescent Development is a serial publication designed to bring together original summaries of important new developments in theory, research, and methodology on adolescents. Each chapter is written by experts who have substantially contributed to knowledge in their area or who are especially well qualified to review a topic because of their background or interests. The chapters in each volume are state-of-the-art reviews of advances in adolescent studies. Some authors also present new data from their own research. The theme of each volume is selected by the senior editor of each volume and is based on a reading of the latest published empirical work, discussions with the other editors, and ideas provided by colleagues. Chapter topics and authors are selected in a similar way.

    This book is the final volume of the Advances in Adolescent Development series, which began in 1989 with the publication of Volume 1 on the biology of adolescent behavior and development. The 1990s have been a time of exponential growth in the field of adolescent studies. We, the editors, think that this series not only reflected that burgeoning growth but also contributed to the continuing improvement and maturity of research on adolescents. Progress in the field of adolescent research certainly will continue, but it will be left to others to decide if the field needs and can support a book series designed to summarize, integrate, and evaluate current research on a particular topic.

    Many people contributed to the success of this enterprise. A book series is only as good as the chapters in it, and we think the chapters in this series have been excellent. We thank the 171 authors who wrote and revised their manuscripts more often than they might have wished. The staff at Sage Publications produced superb books and worked hard to sell them. C. Deborah Laughton at Sage has been with us from the beginning, and we are especially thankful for her support and encouragement. She was not only our editor but also a confidante, mediator, adviser, and cheerleader. Her ongoing ebullient zest for this series energized us and, for several years, convinced Sage that this was a project worth continuing. Sage Publications has been highly supportive of our little venture and has given us all the freedom and encouragement any academician could ask for or expect, given that we were spending their money. The market for a series such as this one is relatively small, however, and Sage decided that Volume 10 would be the last volume. In truth, after all these years of editing the work of others, we are also ready to pass the torch.

    —Raymond Montemayor
    Department of Psychology
    Ohio State University

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    About the Editors

    Raymond Montemayor is Associate Professor of Psychology at Ohio State University. His research interests include parent-adolescent relations, especially the study of conflict and stress between parents and adolescents. In addition, he is interested in emotional development during adolescence and gender issues. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Adolescent Research and the Journal of Early Adolescence. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in adolescence at Ohio State University.

    Gerald R. Adams is Professor of Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. His research interests focus on personality and social development in adolescence and primary prevention. He is coauthor of The Adolescent Experience (4th ed.). He has been recognized for his accomplishments through Fellow distinctions with the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He is the Editor of the Journal of Adolescent Research.

    Thomas P. Gullotta, MA, MSW, is CEO of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. He is the Editor of the Journal of Primary Prevention. He is a senior book series editor for Issues in Children's and Families' Lives. He is a series editor for Prevention in Practice. He holds editorial appointments on the Journal of Early Adolescence and the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation. He serves on the board of the National Mental Health Association and is an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department of Eastern Connecticut State University.

    About the Contributors

    Hector G. Balcazar, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Resources and Human Development at Arizona State University. His research interests include Latino health issues, acculturation and health, maternal and child health, and chronic disease and prevention program development for Latinos.

    Fred Beauvais is a senior research scientist with the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University. He has worked for more than 20 years with numerous Indian communities collecting data for basic research that also enables them to design interventions for social problems more effectively. His primary work has been in the area of substance abuse, but he also has conducted studies on school dropouts, violence and victimization, and the training of mental health professionals. The development of procedures for conducting culturally sensitive research has been a parallel interest.

    Gina R. Boyer is a graduate student in the clinical program of the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research interests include parenting, African American families, and cross-cultural issues in assessment and testing.

    Felipe Gonzales Castro, MSW, PhD, is Professor of Psychology in the clinical psychology program of the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. He served as Director of the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University from 1991 to 1997. He has conducted various research projects in the area of Hispanic/Latino health. His research areas include drug abuse and addiction, prevention and treatment, and health promotion in minority populations.

    Ruth K. Chao, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the developmental program of the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She received her PhD in educational psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1992 and held a postdoctoral position for 2 years in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Her research interests have primarily involved studies of East Asian immigrant families, focusing on the role of parenting in children's school achievement. Part of her research on parenting has included an alternative parenting style—training—to describe immigrant Chinese parents.

    Lisa J. Crockett is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include adolescent problem behavior, the development of behavioral trajectories, gender issues, and the transition to adulthood. She is coeditor, with Ann C. Crouter, of Pathways Through Adolescence: Individual Development in Relation to Social Contexts (1995) and coeditor, with Rainer K. Silbereisen, of Negotiating Adolescence in Times of Social Change (2000).

    Michael Cunningham, a developmental psychologist, is Assistant Professor of Psychology and African & African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University. His primary research interests include examining adolescent development in diverse contexts. Specifically, he examines how self-perceptions influence how African American adolescent males develop proactive and reactive coping styles. Currently, he is examining the influence of context-specific perceptions on academic achievement orientation in African American youth.

    Erin E. Hardin is a graduate student in the counseling psychology program at Ohio State University. She received her BA in psychology from Grinnell College in 1994. Her master's thesis examined the role of cultural factors in the measurement of career maturity among Asian American college students. Her other research interests include the acculturation and adjustment of Asian Americans, culturally appropriate counseling interventions, and cross-cultural psychology.

    Julia Jackson-Newsom is a project coordinator for Tanglewood Research, Inc., in Clemmons, NC. Her research interests include adolescent problem behavior, sibling differences in sychosocial outcomes, and substance use prevention. Her master's thesis is titled Predictors of Substance Use Trajectories in Adolescence.

    Leanne Jacobson is a graduate student in the developmental division of the Department of Psychology at Temple University. Her research interests include adolescent social and emotional adjustment and the etiology of juvenile delinquency.

    Frederick T. L. Leong is Associate Professor of Psychology at Ohio State University (OSU). He obtained his PhD from the University of Maryland with a double specialty in Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Currently, he serves as a faculty member in both the Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology programs at OSU. He has more than 70 publications in various counseling and psychology journals and 30 book chapters. He is the editor of Career Development and Vocational Behavior of Racial and Ethnic Minorities (1995). His most recent book (coedited with James Austin) is Psychology Research Handbook: A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants (1996, Sage). His major research interests are in vocational psychology, Asian American psychology, cross-cultural psychology (particularly culture and mental health), and personality and adjustment.

    Gary W. Peterson, PhD, is Professor in and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Arizona State University. His areas of expertise include adolescent development within families and parent-child relationships. Specific topics have included parental contributors to adolescent social competence, autonomy, conformity to parents, and status attainment among samples of middle- and low-income urban and rural youth. Currently, he is examining these and ethnic and cultural issues in samples of adolescents from the People's Republic of China, Russia, and the United States. Samples from the United States include Mexican American youth and low-income rural youth from Appalachia. A related theme in his work has been the application of family and sociological theories to the study of adolescent development. Currently, he is a coeditor of the Handbook of Marriage and the Family (2nd ed.).

    Debra Roberts is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Family Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and her MS in Community Psychology from Florida A&M University. Her research interests include ethnic/cultural identity and the normative development of children of African descent.

    Edward Seidman is Professor of Psychology at New York University. Previously, he was Vice President and Dean of Research, Development, and Policy at Bank Street College of Education, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Manitoba. He is the recipient of a Senior Fulbright Hays Research Scholar Award, and the award for Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research in Community Psychology. He is editor of the Handbook of Social Intervention (1983), and coeditor of Redefining Social Problems (1986) and the Handbook of Community Psychology (2000). His earlier intervention research on the diversion of adolescents in legal jeopardy from the juvenile justice system received several national awards. His current research and scholarship focus on the social development of urban adolescents, primary prevention, and social policy.

    Michael J. Shanahan is Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include children in poverty, the ecology of adolescent work, and historical patterns in adult educational and occupational attainment. He is coeditor (with J. Tudge & J. Valsiner) of Comparisons in Human Development: Understanding Time and Context (1996).

    Margaret Beale Spencer, a developmental psychologist, is the Board of Overseers Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the director of the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development program (ISHD), the Center for Health, Achievement, Neighborhood, Growth, and Ethnic Studies (CHANGES), and the W. E. B. Du Bois Collective Research Institute. Her adolescent-focused research addresses resiliency, identity, and competence-formation processes, particularly among youth of color. Her current research is on the maturing cognitive capacities and socioemotional development of low-income African American adolescents and an examination of factors that differentially predict resilient and unproductive outcomes.

    Ronald D. Taylor is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Assistant Director of the Center for Research in Human Development and Education at Temple University. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in Developmental Psychology. His research interests include the social and emotional development and family relations of ethnic-minority adolescents. His most current research focuses on the impact of neighborhood conditions on family processes and adolescent psychological well-being among poor, urban, African American and European American families.

    Stephan M. Wilson, PhD, is Director of the Research Center for Families and Children, Professor of Family Studies, and an Appalachian Center Associate at the University of Kentucky. His areas of expertise include adolescent development within family and community contexts, parent-child interactions, rural and Appalachian adolescents and families, and work-family issues. He has investigated these and related topics in such journals as Adolescence, Journal of Adolescent Research, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Family Relations, Family Science Review, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, Sociological Inquiry, Journal of Counseling and Development, Lifestyles, Family Life Educator, and American Journal of Health Promotion, as well as in book chapters on family-of-origin influences on late-adolescent lifestyle decisions and on educational and occupational attainment and life satisfaction, rural and Appalachian youth, school-family relations, and family wellness.

    Hirokazu Yoshikawa is Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University, specializing in community psychology. His research areas include the effects of welfare policies on children and families, the experiences of working families in poverty, competence among children and adolescents in poverty, long-term effects of early childhood intervention programs, and community-level HIV prevention among Asian/Pacific Islander communities. He served recently on the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation. He is a coeditor of A Quarter Century of Community Psychology (in press) and Design Issues in Prevention and Intervention Research (in press). He received his PhD in clinical psychology from New York University.

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