The dramatic rise in immigration is creating an adolescent population that is more ethnically and culturally diverse than ever before. Effective policies, programs, and treatments require a sophisticated understanding of development and adjustment among teenagers from ethnic minority and immigrant families.
Our mission is to conduct systematic research on the adjustment of adolescents from diverse ethnic and immigrant backgrounds. We employ multiple methods to explore issues such as family relationships, identity, discrimination, academic achievement, psychological well being, and physical health.
Our goals are two-fold:
- To provide useful information to policy makers and practitioners about the unique issues facing teenagers from ethnic minority and immigrant families.
- To integrate an awareness of the role of ethnicity, immigration, and culture in the normative development of adolescents from all backgrounds.