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Becoming BiculturalRisk, Resilience, and Latino Youth$
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Paul R. Smokowski and Martica Bacallao

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740897

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740897.001.0001

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Entre Dos Mundos/Between Two Worlds

Entre Dos Mundos/Between Two Worlds

A Bicultural Skills Training Prevention Program to Help Immigrant Families Cope with Acculturation Stress

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Becoming Bicultural

Paul R. Smokowski

Martica Bacallao

NYU Press

This chapter examines how bicultural skills training might be used within prevention programs to help Latino immigrant families cope with acculturation stress. In particular, it describes the Entre Dos Mundos/Between Two Worlds bicultural skills training model designed to help Latino families adjust to life in the United States and avoid the stress and problems associated with assimilation. The chapter begins with an overview of acculturation-based prevention and intervention programs as well as bicultural skills training before turning to the Entre Dos Mundos/Between Two Worlds bicultural skills training model. It explains Entre Dos Mundos's theoretical background and its key concepts, including action-oriented groups that use a variety of psychodrama techniques such as role reversal, doubling, mirroring, and empty chair. It also discusses the results of an experimental trial of Entre Dos Mundos and concludes with an assessment of how the health and well-being of immigrant families are influenced by ethnic identity and familism, bicultural identity integration, and parent-adolescent cultural conflict and discrimination experiences.

Keywords:   bicultural skills training, Latino immigrant families, acculturation stress, Entre Dos Mundos, assimilation, acculturation, action-oriented groups, ethnic identity, familism, bicultural identity integration

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