The Ethnic Context of Child and Adolescent Problem Behavior: Implications for Child and Family Interventions

  title={The Ethnic Context of Child and Adolescent Problem Behavior: Implications for Child and Family Interventions},
  author={Miwa Yasui and Thomas J. Dishion},
  journal={Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review},
This article links the empirical literature on race and ethnicity in developmental psychopathology with interventions designed to reduce adolescent problem behavior. We present a conceptual framework in which culture is endogenous to the socialization of youth and the development of specific self-regulatory strategies. The importance of cultural influence is identified at three levels: (a) intrapersonal developmental processes (e.g., ethnic identity development, development of coping modifies… 

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