|Time||to Add to Calendar 2008-10-23 00:00:00 2008-10-24 00:00:00 16th Annual Symposium on Family Issues - Growing Up Hispanic: Health and Development of Children of Immigrants Nittany Lion Inn Population Research Institute America/New_York public|
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One in five children in the U.S. has immigrant parents, and children of immigrant parents are the fastest growing component of the child population. Given the different circumstances and experiences of immigrant populations, our symposium's focus is on Hispanic families. They are themselves a diverse group, and constitute the largest ethnic minority group in the nation.
A range of challenges face immigrant children and their families. Negative sentiments toward immigrant families have not been as high as they are now for nearly a century. National immigration policy appears to be in a gridlock, but local policies are rapidly changing. Immigrant destinations have expanded to include both new metropolitan locations and rural areas. These and other changes have altered the social, political, and economic forces in host communities and the broader social contexts in which children develop. Thus, the study of children and youth in immigrant families is timely and important.
The purpose of the 2008 Family Symposium will be to examine four arenas of research and policy that are significant in the development and well-being of children and youth in immigrant Hispanic families: (1) the social ecologies of children and youth in immigrant families, including the range of setting characteristics and the ways in which setting characteristics have implications for child and youth well-being and development, (2) the role of families in children's successful adaptation to new "host" environments; (3) the implications of the school and community contexts as well as education policies for children's school experiences and academic achievement; and (4) the roles of health care, social service provision, and health policies in children's health and well-being.
The Social Contexts of Children and Youth in Hispanic Immigrant Families
Lead Speaker: Richard Alba, Department of Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Structure and Process in Immigrant Hispanic Families and their Implications for the Development of Children and Youth
Lead Speaker: Kimberly Updegraff, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University
Schooling and the Development of Children and Youth in Hispanic Immigrant Families
Lead Speaker: Carola Suarez-Orozco, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University
Access to Health Care and Well-Being of Children and Youth from Hispanic Immigrant Families
Lead Speaker: Margarita Alegria, Department of Psychiatry and Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, Harvard Medical School
The 2008 National Symposium on Family Issues is organized by Alan Booth, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Human Development and Demography, Nancy Landale, Professor of Sociology and Demography and Director of the Population Research Institute, and Susan M. McHale, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Director, Social Science Research Institute and Children, Youth and Families Consortium.
Landale, N., McHale, S., & Booth, A. (Eds.). (2010). Growing up Hispanic: Health and development of children of immigrants. Washington, D.C.: Urban