Psychological effects on being a Hispanic

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Psychological effects on being a Hispanic

  1. 1. Psychological Effects of Hispanic Children in AmericaRunning head: PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF HISPANIC CHILDREN IN AMERICA Psychological Effects of Hispanic Children Raised in America Name: Institution: Instructor’s name: Course:
  2. 2. Psychological Effects Of Hispanic Children In America 1 The rise of immigrant children in America in recent years has drawn attention of socialand public institutions on the challenges facing them. Common challenges that face immigrantchildren are poor English proficiency, low socioeconomic status and cultural shock of theirimmigrant parents. Of interest are the psychological effects of American life on Latinoimmigrant children raised in America. Most researches conducted on the topic show that Latino children suffer from emotionaland psychological effects related to their immigration status. Hispanic children, whose parentsleave for the U.S. to seek greener pastures, suffer negative psychological, trauma, disruptionsand grief which are caused by the separation, reunification and migration of the family (Briones,2009). These children also face poor language proficiency especially in English and culturalassimilation problems since the language of communication at home are Latin as used by theirparents. Moreover, their parents insist on their children maintaining their Hispanic roots, makingpresenting a challenge for the children to assimilate American culture while holding on to theircultural roots. This confusion in assimilation creates emotional and psychological problemsmanifested in poor grades, delinquent behaviour, drug abuse, early pregnancies high drop outrates and involvement in crime (Lee et al., 2006). Moreover, Latino children who had immigrant parents performed poorly in class due tothe psychological effects of their separation. These are often depicted as poor discipline andemotional problems which are very noticeable in teenagers as compared to those of a youngerage. Moreover, studies have shown that children with immigrant parents suffer from their lowsocioeconomic status, have poor self esteem of themselves and their future as compared to
  3. 3. Psychological Effects Of Hispanic Children In America 2children who immigrated with their parents or who were born in America (Gindling & Poggio,2009).
  4. 4. Psychological Effects Of Hispanic Children In America 3 ReferencesBriones, P.L. (2009). Psychological Effects Encountered by Latino/A Immigrants Adjustign to United States Culture. University of Wisconsin.Gindling, T.H. &Poggio, S. (2009). Family Separation and the Educational Success of Immigrant Children. Department of Public Policy, university of Maryland, 7: 1-5.Lee, C., López, S., Cobly, S., Tejada, M., García-Coll, C., & Smith, M. (2006). Social processes underlying acculturation: a study of drinking behavior among immigrant Latinos in the Northeast United States. Contemporary Drug Problems 33(4), 585-609.

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