Offering insight on Mexican American culture, families, and children, this book provides an interdisciplinary examination of this growing population. Leaders from psychology, education, health, and social policy review recent research and provide policy implications of their findings. Both quantitative and qualitative literature is summarized. Using current theories, the handbook reviews the cultural, social, and inter- and intra-personal experiences that contribute to the well-being of Mexican Americans. Each chapter follows the same format to make comparisons easier. Researchers and students from various disciplines interested in Mexican Americans will appreciate this accessible book.

part 1|43 pages


chapter 1|10 pages

Who are Mexican Americans?

An Overview of History, Immigration, and Cultural values
ByYvonne M. Caldera, Paulina Velez-Gomez, Eric W. Lindsey

chapter 2|14 pages

What Does it Mean to be Mexican American?

Children's and Adolescents' Perspectives
ByStephen M. Quintana, Thomas A. Chávez, Alyssa M. Ramírez Stege

chapter 3|17 pages

Using Culturally Informed Theory to Study Mexican American Children and Families

ByRebecca M. B. White, George P. Knight, Mark W. Roosa

part 2|60 pages

Family Contexts

chapter 4|13 pages

Mexican American Children's School Readiness

An Ecological Perspective
ByDaniela Aldoney, Elizabeth Karberg, Jenessa L. Malin, Natasha J. Cabrera

chapter 5|16 pages

Coparenting Processes in Mexican American Families

ByEric W. Lindsey, Yvonne M. Caldera

chapter 6|16 pages

Attentive Helping as a Cultural Practice of Mexican-Heritage Families

ByAngélica López, Omar Ruvalcaba, Barbara Rogoff

chapter 7|13 pages

The Study of Mexican Immigrant Families' Space

ByAngela E. Arzubiaga, Jennifer A. Brinkerhoff, Bridget Granville Seeley

part 3|45 pages

School and Community Contexts

chapter 8|15 pages

Issues in Educating Mexican American English Language Learners

ByEva Midobuche, Alfredo H. Benavides, Fatih Koca

chapter 9|13 pages

Bilingual Development in Early Childhood

Research and Policy Implications for Mexican American Children
ByMarlene Zepeda, James L. Rodriguez

chapter 10|15 pages

Mexican American Parents' Involvement in Their Children's Schooling

ByMarie-Anne Suizzo

part 4|46 pages

Perspectives on Mental Health

chapter 11|15 pages

Mexican Americans' Help-seeking of Counseling Services

Removing Barriers to Access and Focusing on Strengths
ByLucila Ramos-Sánchez

chapter 12|14 pages

Parenting and Children's Mental Health in Mexican American Families

ByChelsea Klinkebiel, Nicole L. Harris, Joaquin P. Borrego

chapter 13|15 pages

The Cultural Adaptation and Mental Health of Mexican American Adolescents

ByNancy A. Gonzales, Michaeline Jensen, Zorash Montano, Henry Wynne

part 5|60 pages

Perspectives on Physical Health

chapter 14|13 pages

Nutritional Resilience in Mexican Immigrant/Mexican Americans

How might Food Intake Contribute to the Hispanic Paradox?
ByGuadalupe X. Ayala, Elva M. Arredondo

chapter 15|14 pages

Indigenous Health and Coping Resources in Mexican American Communities

ByRebecca A. Lopez

chapter 16|14 pages

The Psychology of Health

Physical Health and the Role of Culture and Behavior in Mexican Americans
ByJohn M. Ruiz, Heidi A. Hamann, James García, Simon J. Craddock Lee

chapter 17|17 pages

Promoting the Health of Mexican American Infants and Young Children

ByMargaret O'Brien Caughy, Luisa Franzini

part 6|7 pages


chapter 18|5 pages

Perspectives and Recommendations for Future Directions

ByEric W. Lindsey, Yvonne M. Caldera