Studies have shown that Latina/os may experience discomfort in regards to acculturation and assimilation into mainstream American culture. For Latina/o adolescents this struggle may be more pronounced. Adolescence can be a time when one is developing an understanding of how one fits within the context of community. Previous research shows how adolescents with a strong ethnic identity may experience greater resiliency against stressful life events. Studies have also shown how the arts can have a positive effect on adolescent identity development. Cultural arts aid in selfdiscovery plus a connection with peers and the greater community. This study examines the correlation between culturally-relevant art activities, labeled in this study as the LIAC (Latina/o Identity-based Art Curriculum) and Latina/o adolescent ethnic identity exploration and affirmation. This study consisted of 15 Latina/ o students, ages 13-18, enrolled in an after-school program. Ethnic identity was analyzed using the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM). Students reflected on their art projects and other members' art projects, which were based on topics ofLatina/o ethnicity and culture. Findings correlate to previous studies which show how cultural art activities can help strengthen Latinalo adolescent identity. Data from this study showed significance increases in ethnic identity exploration and affirmation, respectively. Although the current results are informative, they are also preliminary. More research is needed to fully understand how culturally-relevant art groups can help Latina/o adolescents gain a stronger ethnic and overall identity.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Marriage and Family Therapy - Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Art education, Educational psychology, Secondary education, Latin American Studies|
|Keywords:||Art groups, Art therapy, Culturally relevant groups, Ethnic identity, Hispanic art, Latino art group|
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