ERIC Number: ED191610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-23
Reference Count: 0
Chicanos Counseling Chicanos, Is It Necessary?
Martinez, Lupe M.
Analysis of the data included in current studies and literature shows a need for Chicanos to counsel and provide therapy for other Chicanos (people of Mexican American descent who are bilingual and bicultural and who view themselves as political activists). Racism and sexism play a major role in the high drop-out rate of Chicanos and Chicanas from colleges and universities. Chicanos have psychological and social problems which are a direct result of a society that refuses to acknowledge the negative effects of being members of an oppressed class (a social and cultural group of people who live in a disadvantaged economic, psychological, educational, and social environment within the larger society). Chicanas are not encouraged to educate themselves or to seek new experiences outside of their homes. Chicano children and youth are subjected to the negative influence of a stereotype that depicts Anglos as beautiful, intelligent, successful, and powerful. Both the media and educational institutions promote this image. Because socialization experiences give Chicano counselors more understanding and empathy with their students than Anglo counelors have, it is essential that more Chicanos become counselors and educators. In these positions, they should then act as social change agents. (CM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chicanas; Chicanos
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Ethnic and Minority Studies (8th, La Crosse, WS, April 23-26, 1980).