This book summarizes and integrates theory and research on adolescents from a diversity of ethnic, economic, and geographic contexts. The book aims to present a more balanced picture of these understudied and misunderstood adolescents by focusing on positive, healthy development.
Chapter 6: Healthy Adjustment in Mexican American and other Hispanic Adolescents
Healthy Adjustment in Mexican American and other Hispanic Adolescents
What constitutes normal, healthy, and perhaps exceptional adjustment among youth confronted with life challenges imposed by two contrasting cultures? Similarly, what are the factors that promote healthy adjustment in Mexican American and other Hispanic adolescents? These two complex questions are examined in this chapter as they relate to the adjustment of Mexican American and other Hispanic youth, both native-born and immigrant. These youth include Mexican American-Chicano(a), Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Spanish American (youth from northern New Mexico), and other Hispanic/Latino youth.1 Although our analysis has implications for this broad cross-section of U.S. Hispanic youth, our analysis focuses primarily on factors associated with adaptive adjustment in ...