Latino Children and Families in the United States: Current Research and Future Directions

Latino Children and Families in the United States: Current Research and Future Directions

Latino Children and Families in the United States: Current Research and Future Directions

Latino Children and Families in the United States: Current Research and Future Directions

Synopsis

The Latino population in the United States continues to grow and now represents 12% of the population. Yet, remarkably little attention has been paid to understanding parenting and child development processes among Latino families. This volume addresses this need and advances the field both by presenting state-of-the-art research on Latino parenting and also by proposing conceptual and methodological frameworks that can provide the field with further integration and direction.

Excerpt

As we begin the 21st century, the Latino population in the United States continues to increase and now represents 12% of the total U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). Just a few years into this century, Latinos will become officially the largest minority group in the United States. Yet, remarkably, little attention has been paid to understanding parenting and child development processes among Latino families. Although research on the cultural and contextual factors influencing parenting processes and child developmental outcomes among Latino families is beginning to emerge, the field is in need of further structure and direction. To this end, I embarked on the planning and organization of the 2000 Kent Psychology Forum, a three-day conference focusing on the conceptual, methodological, and theoretical issues involved in the study of Latino children and families. The forum was part of an annual series of conferences sponsored by the Applied Psychology Center of the Department of Psychology at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. The goal of the Kent Forum series is to advance the research and understanding of applied areas of psychology. The conference brought together leading scholars working in the field; community representatives engaged in research, clinical, or community work with Latino families; and graduate students to dialogue, share methods and findings, and chart the future direction of the field. This volume is the result of this conference.

The goal of both the conference and this volume was not only to present state-of-the-art research on Latino children and families but also to develop frameworks that can guide and enhance future research in this field. Thus, in addition to discussion of the research and findings presented by each of the

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