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ERIC Number: ED060989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Deviant Behavior in the Mexican American Student and Its Relation to Education. A Position Paper.
Casavantes, Edward J.
Several studies have been done about Mexican Americans but, in the area of their mental health, "a scant dozen articles are worth reviewing." Since the literature has been consistent in reflecting that a low socioeconomic level combined with extensive use of Spanish lowers IQ test scores of Mexican Americans, these factors should be studied in connection with the educational achievement of Mexican Americans and their mental health (i.e., in terms of such personality types as obsessive-compulsive, impulsive, schizophrenic, passive-dependent, and depressive). This could be done because Mexican Americans are highly distinguishable from other ethnic groups and are set apart by such factors as low median family income, speaking Spanish as a first language, a behavior and value system reflecting another culture, and a tendency to live in barrios. In such a study, 8 hypotheses are proposed for testing on a random sample of large numbers of Mexican Americans from all socioeconomic levels and ages, from every state in the Southwest, from rural and urban settings, from the Chicano militant element, from colleges, and from the Hispano component. The actual survey should be done by special questionnaire and a short adapted form of standard personality tests with some in Spanish. Examiners should be Mexican Americans highly trained in psychiatric interviewing procedures. In summary, this investigation should be a broad-based study on the mental health and educational achievement of Mexican Americans. (NQ)
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Sponsor: Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.
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