Editors Sharon M. Ballard and Alan C. Taylor bridge the gap between research and practice by examining and presenting key strategies for working with diverse populations, including those based on race and ethnicity, family structure, geographic location, and context. By defining 11 diverse groups and presenting their strengths and unique cultural characteristics, the editors present an evidence-based practice approach with each chapter, prescribing the best practices for working with these diverse groups in regard to general family life education (FLE) needs, educator characteristics, ethical considerations, marketing and recruitment, modes of learning, and environmental considerations. This book is essential for students who are preparing to work with families, as well as professionals engaging in FLE activities with diverse populations.
Chapter 8: Family Life Education with Latino Immigrant Families
Family Life Education with Latino Immigrant Families
Providing family life education services to Latino populations requires the educator to consider the diversity and variation found in the group. Educators must take the time to fully understand the dynamics involved and be prepared to set aside stereotypes and traditional ideas. Strategies that may work with other majority cultural groups may not be as effective with Latino populations (Bairstow, Berry, & Driscoll, 2002). There are many factors to consider, such as language, acculturation, generational status, socioeconomic status, and life history. There are also many stereotypes and prejudices regarding Latino populations that may impede effective teaching. Effective family life educators must have a deep appreciation and ...