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ERIC Number: ED509158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Understanding Immigration and Psychological Development: A Multi-Level Ecological Approach
Jensen, Bryant T.
Online Submission, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies v5 n4 p27-48 2007
Drawing from Brofenbrenner's multilevel, bioecological model of development, this paper presents a framework that charts environmental processes which generate or buffer acculturative stress and, therefore, mediate the impact of immigration on psychological well-being. Empirical research shows that Mexican immigrants, on the whole, fare better than U.S.-born groups in terms of mental health outcomes. These results are explained in the context of the presented theoretical model. Though further research is needed, preliminary evidence suggests that encouraging "enculturation", as opposed to "acculturation", has positive mental health repercussions for Mexican American children. Further research using the presented theoretical framework as well as policies and practices that incorporate and leverage cultural strengths of Mexican immigrant children should be pursued. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico