Toward an Asset Orientation in the Study of U.S. Latina/o Youth: Biculturalism, Ethnic Identity and Positive Youth Development
Latina/o youth have had limited studies conducted from a strengths perspective to aid in prevention efforts of adverse outcomes. This article examines a study of two specific asset variables (leadership and responsibility) to determine the role of biculturalism in healthy psychological functioning among Latina/o youth. Results of the study and implications for practice are thoroughly discussed.
- Explain the differences among cultural adaptation, cultural identity and ethnic identity.
- Comprehend the deficit and nature of research on asset variables among Latina/o youth.
- Discuss the two tested hypotheses around leadership and social responsibility and their relationship to bicultural involvement and bicultural identity.
- Incorporate implications for practice when working with Latina/o youth.
- I. David Acevedo-Polakovich, PhD, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
- Maame S. Adomako, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
- Katrina M. Bell, MA, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
- Jennifer R. Cousineau, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
- James I. Gerhart, PhD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
- Kelley M. Quirk, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.
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