ERIC Number: ED465141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Adolescent Maturation in Transitioning Cultures.
Mulroy, Kevin; Palacios, Anna; Reid, Robert E.
This is a theoretical study of adolescent maturation within a cultural context. Personality development and disintegration due to the pressure of a dominant culture on a minority culture is considered. An attempt is made to understand how teachers might assist students to work out their psychological growth by story telling. The need for cultural preservation as a preventative to dysfunction is pointed out. It is noted that suicide and drug usage among teens are exacerbated by cultural disintegration. The case of Handsome Lake of the Seneca who reversed the cultural disintegration of that tribe is recounted. The need for group and individual therapies that are culturally sensitive is discussed. Finally, the need to direct community action in preserving and using culture for prevention and intervention in educational and therapeutic settings is recommended. Classroom research was done at John F. Kennedy High School in Guam. (Contains 10 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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