This comprehensive, practical resource provides specific strategies for counsellors working with boys and male adolescents from different cultural backgrounds. The first part examines how psychological, career and athletic development of boys is shaped by a complex interaction of biological, social, cultural and economic forces. TheSecond Part covers cultural considerations when counselling particular North American client groups, such as Hispanic-Americans. The final part focuses on special populations such as gay, sexually abused and developmentally disabled boys.

Hispanic American Boys and Adolescent Males

Hispanic American boys and adolescent males

The primary challenge facing every developing male is the extent to which he will be capable of meeting his responsibilities as an autonomous, responsible individual while simultaneously maintaining a sense of integrity or self-respect as he meets those obligations. This chapter is devoted to describing how so-called “Hispanic” boys learn to face that difficulty. This appellation is, in many respects, a fictional entity pasted together from the gamut of Spanish and Latin American cultures residing in this country. As noted elsewhere (Arcaya, 1996), it is an entirely arbitrary designation because first-generation immigrants and descendants of immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries, apart from speaking a common language, probably have more differences than similarities among them. For ...

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