Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Seeds of the earth: Building ethnic identity through the arts
by Wallingford, Melinda, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 72; 1486691
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to develop and fund a program that promotes the well-being of Latino adolescents. Specifically, this program explores the Columbian indigenous roots of youth through their participation in a therapeutic cultural arts program. The goals of this program are to enhance ethnic identity and promote the general well being of Latino youth. A strong partnership between public and private child welfare agencies is a vital component of this program.

Prior research has consistently found that youth with strong sense of ethnic pride have more positive outcomes than youth who do not. Ventura, California was chosen as the focus of the program due this area's high percentage of Latino students, low school performance, high number of child abuse calls, and increased level of gang activity.

The actual submission for funding of the grant was not required for successful completion of this project.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Social work, Hispanic American studies
Publication Number: 1486691
ISBN: 978-1-124-27735-6
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