- Subject index
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 current perspective on the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. “Libraries serving graduate students in the areas of psychology, education, child development, or Latino studies should find this book helpful.” --Choice “The growing presence and relevance of ethnic and cultural issues in many mental health disciplines has a cogent demonstration in this handsome volume. The strength of this volume is in its well-conceived and realized research studies. Indeed, the “new scholarship” of conceptual models, measurement instruments, and interpretive approaches, drawing heavily on the social context in which Hispanics live, gives this book a prominent place among its peers. This volume will become a landmark in the task of defining the realities and the fate of Hispanics in the United States of the twenty-first century.” --Renato D. Alacrón in Transcultural Psychiatric Research Review
Chapter 15: Hispanic Masculinity: Myth or Psychological Schema Meriting Clinical Consideration
Hispanic Masculinity: Myth or Psychological Schema Meriting Clinical Consideration
The construct of male gender identity as it exists among the more traditional Hispanic cultures and subcultures, popularly referred to as machismo, has not received the serious and in-depth attention that it merits from theoretically driven and empirically based social science researchers in the United States and, in particular, from researchers within the realm of applied psychology. Much of what is known about machismo is based on early descriptive studies conducted mainly by anthropologists and sociologists. With respect to the anthropologists (e.g., Madsen, 1964), their findings, obtained from traditionally oriented [Page 232]rural communities, have tended to be little more than a reiteration of the stereotypic characteristics ...