Assimilation And Its Effects On Adolescents And Family Relationships

1215 WordsNov 30, 20165 Pages
In the United States, the Latino community continues to grow at a steady pace and with this increase in population comes a greater complexity in family relations and a unique set of problems. Nowadays, Latino Families feature children who were born in the United States but have at least one foreign-born parent, and also foreign-born children who immigrated to this country. Whether they are first immigrants or second generation, Latino youth deals with different levels of acculturation and the stress that this process brings. Realizing that acculturation plays an important role in the Latino families, a number of studies have examined the negative effects that acculturation stress brings to adolescents and family relationships, including behavioral problems, perceived discrimination, ethnic identity, depression symptoms, and substance abuse. Let’s start by understanding the concept of acculturation and the stress associated with it. Acculturation is a process by which individuals obtain the practices, values, and identity from the receiving culture—in this case the United States’ culture—while at the same time conserving those associated with their own heritage. Naturally, this bi-dimensional process represents an added stress for Latino families as they have to learn to function efficiently under a different physical environment, an unfamiliar public system, a new language, and probably face a reduced social status, as well. Under these circumstances, Latino adolescents
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