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Understanding Latino Families
Scholarship, Policy, and Practice

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Volume: 2

June 1995 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Offering an integrated, culturally sensitive focus, Understanding Latino Families presents a dynamic new approach to the study of Latino families. This new approach centers on the strengths of Latino/Hispanic groups, the structural processes that impede their progress, and the cultural and familial processes that enhance their intergenerational adaptation and resiliency. A leading group of scholars clearly presents social and demographic profiles of Latino groups in the United States, empirical and conceptual reviews of Latino family approaches, and practice and policy implications from studies of Latino social programs. Included for discussion are such salient topics as the economic well-being of Latino families, prospects for Latino children and adolescents, the adjustment of Central American refugee families, and Latino child and family health concerns. Researchers, scholars, and students in the fields of ethnic studies, family studies, sociology, social work, and psychology will find Understanding Latino Families an invaluable resource. "Understanding Latino Families is a timely edition of the Understanding Families series distributed by Sage Publications. In a political climate of economic discord and social change, this book highlights the ways many Latino families struggle to succeed in the face of factors related to immigration, labor for transformations, cultural incongruence with dominant society, cross-force transformations, cultural incongruence with the dominant society, cross-generational acculturation patterns, and racism. . . . Adding veracity to the social policy debate, Understanding Latino Families presents social and demographic profiles of Latino groups in the United States, empirical and conceptual reviews of Latino family approaches, and practice and policy implications from studies of Latino social problems." --Cultural Diversity and Mental Health "Understanding Latino Families presents an excellent new approach to the study of Latino family structures: one which considers ethnic group strengths, family actions, and the processes that enhance resiliency. This makes for quite a scholarly, probing study." --The Midwest Book Review "College-level students of social service will appreciate having a new approach that considers the collective group strengths of Hispanics and the processes that enhance their adaptation process. Scholars present reviews of Latino family groups in this country and discuss their social and economic patters." --The Bookwatch "For researchers and students in the fields of ethnic studies, family studies, sociology, and social work, this book offers a culturally sensitive approach to the study of Latino families. Featured are social and demographic profiles of Latino groups, empirical reviews of Latino families, approaches, and practice and policy implications from studies of Latino social programs. Other topics include the prospects for Latino children and adolescents, child and family health concerns, and the adjustment of Central American refugee families." --Journal of Social Work Education "Understanding Latino Families is an important contribution and a badly needed addition to the field of family studies. This book provides a wealth of information about the contemporary status of Latino families. It will immediately become a basic source for introducing readers to this topic and will inform both specialists and students of various levels of sophistication. This book is especially strong in giving the reader an appreciation for the great diversity that exists in the racial and ethnic composition that characterizes the membership of Latino families. Of the existing work on this topic, this edited book is the best collection . . . in the social sciences. I am convinced that academics and professionals in the fields of child development, sociology, and social work can benefit greatly by reading this book. This collection will also be a valuable tool for graduate students in all these fields. Selected chapters that are less theoretically based might also be beneficial for undergraduates who are taking university courses on ethnic diversity." --Gary W. Peterson, Arizona State University, Tempe

 
PART ONE: LATINO FAMILIES: CONCEPTUAL APPROACHES AND OVERVIEW
William A Vega
The Study of Latino Families
A Point of Departure

 
Vilma Ortiz
The Diversity of Latino Families
Aída Hurtado
Variations, Combinations, and Evolutions
Latino Families in the United States

 
Julie Solis
The Status of Latino Children and Youth
Challenges and Prospects

 
 
PART TWO: PROGRAM AND PRACTICE
Douglas R Powell
Including Latino Fathers in Parent Education and Support Programs
Development of a Program Model

 
Claudia Dorrington
Central American Refugees in Los Angeles
Adjustment of Children and Families

 
Marilyn Aguirre-Molina and Pilar A Parra
Latino Youth and Families as Active Participants in Planning Change
A Community-University Partnership

 
 
PART THREE: POLICY IMPLICATIONS
Ruth E Zambrana, Claudia Dorrington and David Hayes-Bautista
Family and Child Health
A Neglected Vision

 
Maxine Baca Zinn
Social Science Theorizing for Latino Families in the Age of Diversity
Douglas S Massey, Ruth E Zambrana and Sally Alonzo Bell
Contemporary Issues in Latino Families
Future Directions for Research, Policy, and Practice

 

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