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ERIC Number: ED371281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 21
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Personal Adjustment of Puerto Rican Adolescents.
Maizel, Dorothy
Puerto Rican children and adolescents appear more at risk for below average school achievement and for mental health problems and service referrals than other Hispanic youngsters. This study examined the cognitive style and the emotional and behavioral patterns associated with the personal adjustment of 80 Puerto Rican adolescents from single-parent and dual-parent homes in Brooklyn, New York. Forty youths were from female-headed, single-parent homes and 40 were dual-parent families. To compare the adolescents' personal adjustment, questionnaires and self-reports measuring attribution style, depressive symptomatology, competent behaviors, and problem behaviors were completed by the participants. The mothers of the 80 adolescents also completed questionnaires but the self reports were completed as the mothers believed their sons or daughters would have completed them. Adolescents from the single-parent families reported more external problem behaviors than adolescents from dual-parent families. Puerto Rican male adolescents reported more competent behaviors than Puerto Rican female adolescents and male adolescents from dual-parent families revealed better personal adjustment than male adolescents from the single-parent families. Public programs and policy makers should consider the importance of the parental roles of single-parent and dual-parent families in the long term adjustment of children. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)