ERIC Number: ED395018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Psychosocial Stress, Coping, and Development of Hispanic Immigrant Children.
Laosa, Luis M.
This paper explores the forms of experience associated with immigration and settlement that are likely to influence the course of adaptation, adjustment, and development of Hispanic immigrant children. Several lines of research and theory on psychosocial stress, coping, and development were reviewed and examined for their relevance to understanding the adjustment of immigrants. An evolving theoretical framework was elaborated and some testable hypotheses derived. The principal aims of this paper are: (1) to add some measure of conceptual clarity to the topic; (2) to stimulate further research; and (3) to raise the consciousness level of applied professionals and policymakers. The topic reflects a fundamental element of the U.S.'s character: the effective incorporation of new arrivals into the ongoing social order. The model postulates the presence of variables antedating immigration and moderator or mediating variables between the stresses surrounding immigration and settlement and the child's adaptation, development, and adjustment over time. These variables include characteristics of the community of origin, the background of the child and family, and conditions and processes in the country of entrance. The model brings forth the necessity of considering the point in the person's lifecycle at which immigration takes place. (Contains 1 figure, a diagram of the model, and 113 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.