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Episode 30 - Dr. Paul Smokowski: Acculturation and Adjustment in Latino Adolescents: How Cultural Risk Factors and Assets Influence Adolescent Mental Health

Monday, October 05, 2009, 12:21:44 PM

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In this podcast, Dr. Paul Smokowski describes his current research exploring the protective and risk factors involved for Latino youth as they attempt to integrate into United States culture. Discover what he learned about the "Critical Aspects of Acculturation" for this fast-growing population.

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Average Rating: 4stars  interesting and appropriate research for a growing culture, Friday, July 23, 2010

By Domingo R. :

The research conducted was thought provoking and relevant for a growing population within today's society. It was interesting to hear the differences in acculturation and how for example Mexican's immigrating to California or Cubans to Miami may have to do less to acculturate to U.S. society because they are able to find many people from their own cultures (and therefore may still be able to do such things like speak their native tongues). Also of interested to learn the three components the process (culture of origin, the dominant or larger society and involvement within the new society, and the acculturation stress associated with acculturation). Studies have looked at how acculturation can be linked to linked to multiple areas of functioning to form bi-cultural selves. It is interesting to note how an adolescents origin identity are protective factors for higher levels of self-esteem, lower levels of hopelessness, social problems and aggressiveness. I found it particularly interesting how Dr. Smokowski noted the election of both president Obama and Sotomayor to the courts in 2009 as a movement towards bi-culturalism. A very interesting program which has seemed to be successful with this group was also identified (Program entitled - Entre Dos Mundos) appears to be helpful to this population's acculturation into the population as well as allows them to come to terms with their culture of origin and seems helpful for the families involved as it increases their networking within their new societies.

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