ERIC Number: ED447990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Mexican Immigrant Youth and Resiliency: Research and Promising Programs. ERIC Digest.
Chavkin, Nancy Feyl; Gonzalez, John
Mexican immigrant youth lag behind other immigrant groups in educational completion and achievement, but many resilient Mexican immigrant youth have overcome tough odds to succeed. This digest examines the research about resiliency and some promising programs for Mexican American youth. Resiliency theory identifies protective factors present in the families, schools, and communities of successful youth that may be missing in the lives of troubled youth. Five key protective factors are supportive relationships with caring adults; student characteristics such as self-esteem, motivation, and acceptance of responsibility; family factors such as parental support and involvement with school; community factors such as youth programs; and school factors such as academic success and prosocial skills training. Various promising programs help Mexican immigrant children increase their resiliency. Program strategies include placing high-risk students in college preparation classes with high-achieving peers; providing support and scholarships in schools with high dropout rates; providing support and parenting education to single mothers and low-income families of preschool children; promoting ethnic pride and community connections for Hispanic dropouts and juvenile offenders; emphasizing psychosocial interventions for Latino youth with disabilities and other risk factors; and focusing on attributes and skills needed for success at school and work. (Contains 18 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Child Relationship, Dropout Prevention, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Hispanic American Students, Immigrants, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Preschool Education, Resilience (Personality), Social Support Groups, Youth Programs
ERIC/CRESS, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348. For full text: http://www.ael.org/eric/digests/edorc001.htm.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.; AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.