ERIC Number: ED193374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Bicultural Involvement and Adjustment in Hispanic American Youths.
Szapocznik, Jose; And Others
As part of an effort in Dade County, Florida, to develop bicultural alternatives for secondary education, an Hispanic counseling model was developed to promote adjustment in Hispanic American youths by enhancing their bicultural survival skills. The study reported in this paper researched the premise that, in a bicultural setting, biculturalism leads to adjustment while monoculturalism causes maladjustment. A Bicultural Involvement Questionnaire and a scale relating cultural involvement to behavioral adjustment in the classroom were developed and administered to Hispanic American (Cuban and non Cuban) high school students. Both scales were found to be reliable and valid for Cuban Americans, but less so for non Cuban Hispanic Americans. Bicultural subjects were found to be better adjusted than monocultural subjects. It is recommended on the basis of the study that school counselors confronted with immigrant youngsters living in a bicultural community be able to facilitate an effective bicultural adjustment. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL.
Identifiers: Florida (Miami)
Note: Not available in paper copy due to institution's restriction. For related documents see UD 020 854-856 and UD 020 859-863. Prepared by the Spanish Family Guidance Center, Department of Psychiatry.