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ERIC Number: ED373288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparative Study of the Worries of Hispanic and White Students.
D'Andrea, Michael; And Others
It is estimated that within the next 20 years, the majority of elementary, intermediate, and secondary school-age children in the United States will come from "minority" backgrounds. This increasing diversity will present school counselors with many new challenges. To assist counselors with these evolving demands, researchers designed a study to investigate the types of worries Hispanic youth experience during the intermediate and secondary school years. The study was conducted in two phases. Phase 1 involved 92 seventh-grade students attending a public intermediate school, while in Phase 2 a non-randomized sample of 104 ninth graders participated. Both groups answered a 28-item Worries Inventory. Findings indicate that while Hispanic American students reported similar levels of concern about their peers and school-related matters when compared to their Anglo counterparts, the former expressed significantly greater worry about various family, personal, and moral/social issues. These different types of worries indicated by Hispanic and White intermediate and secondary school students confirms the notion that students' psychological development is much more complex when cultural factors are also considered. Many school counseling programs have overlooked or minimized the impact of multicultural factors on children's development. To correct this omission, strategies are offered as to how school counselors may incorporate cultural factors. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A