Title

Culturally Competent Family Therapy with Latino/Anglo-American Adolescents: Facilitating Identity Formation

Keywords

family therapy, intervention, Latino/Anglo American, race

Abstract

This paper focuses on culturally competent family therapy interventions focused on the topic of identity formation in Latino/Anglo American (L/AA) youth, a growing segment of the United States population. Given the overall scarcity of literature specific to this unique group, models of identity formation for a broader category (i.e., multi-racial youth) are presented and critiqued in terms of their application to L/AA adolescent. Special identity-related factors for L/AA youth populations are presented including the race of the youth's Latino parent, the L/AA youth's appearance, acceptance from family members and peers, and cultural conflict within the home. Guided by Sue and Sue (2003), specific suggestions for culturally competent family therapy are provided, and detailed using a case vignette.

Original Publication Citation

*Northrup, J. C., & Bean, R. A. (2007). Culturally competent family therapy with Latino/Anglo-American adolescents: Facilitating identity formation. American Journal of Family Therapy, 35, 251-263.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2007-04-27

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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