Latina and Latino Children's Mental Health [2 volumes]

by Natasha Cabrera, Francisco Villarruel,

What effect does growing up in an ethnic minority and perhaps in an immigrant family have on development? That is the overarching question Latina and Latino Children's Mental Health sets out to answer. The work examines all of the myriad physical, psychological, social, and environmental factors that undermine or support healthy development in Latino American children, from biology to economics to public policy.

The first volume of this two-volume set focuses on early-life experiences and the second on youth/adolescent issues, treating such topics as children's development of a sense of self, development of linguistic skills, peer relationships, sexual orientation, and physical development. The work analyzes familial relationships, often an important resource that helps young people build resilience despite the stresses of migration. And it looks at patterns of behavior, social status, and social-goal orientations that differentiate Latino/a children and adolescents from their African American and European American peers.

  • ABC-CLIO; February 2011
  • ISBN 9780313382970
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Latina and Latino Children's Mental Health [2 volumes]
  • Author: Natasha Cabrera; Francisco Villarruel; Hiram Fitzgerald
  • Imprint: Praeger

In The Press

"This informative resource will be useful for students and mental health professionals interested in improving their understanding of the complex factors that affect the mental health of Latino children and youth. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - Choice

About The Author

Natasha J. Cabrera, PhD, is associate professor in the Human Development Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Francisco A. Villarruel, PhD, is university outreach and engagement senior fellow and professor of human development and family studies at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Hiram E. Fitzgerald, PhD, is associate provost for university outreach and engagement and university distinguished professor of psychology at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, as well as adjunct professor of psychiatry, at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.