Hispanic Childhoods (U.S.)

Alejandro E. Brice

in Childhood Studies

ISBN: 9780199791231
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:
Hispanic Childhoods (U.S.)

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Hispanics, or Latinos (these two terms are used interchangeably throughout this article), are the largest minority in the United States. Hispanic children make up 22 percent of the US population under five years of age. The United States continues to undergo a language and cultural shift as a result of changing demographics. Hispanic births from Mexican American parents have overtaken Mexican immigration. The largest concentration of Hispanics consists of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Salvadorans, Cubans, Dominicans, and others. Consequently, multiple factors today are affecting Hispanic children (immigration, US births, education, socioeconomic status, culture, upbringing, etc.). Therefore, information regarding Hispanic childhoods is of great concern for all professionals who serve this population. Hispanic or Latino children in the United States experience difficulties that are unique and different from those faced by white children, African American (i.e.,  black) children, other ethnically diverse children, and mostly children from middle socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds in the United States. These differences arise from childcare differences, family and cultural differences, health-related issues, language differences, poverty issues, and factors associated with schools and classrooms. It cannot be stressed enough that all of these interrelated factors influence Hispanic childhoods in the United States.

Article.  8456 words. 

Subjects: Development Studies

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