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Becoming Bicultural: Risk, Resilience, and Latino Youth

Paul R. Smokowski and Martica Bacallao


Although the United States has always been a nation of immigrants, the recent demographic shifts resulting in burgeoning young Latino and Asian populations have literally changed the face of the nation. This wave of massive immigration has led to a nationwide struggle with the need to become bicultural, a difficult and sometimes painful process of navigating between ethnic cultures. While some Latino adolescents become alienated and turn to antisocial behavior and substance use, others go on to excel in school, have successful careers, and build healthy families. Drawing on both quantitative a ... More

Keywords: immigrants, Latino population, Asian population, bicultural, individual psychology, family dynamics, immigrant youth, bicultural skills

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814740897
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814740897.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul R. Smokowski, author

Martica Bacallao, author