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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2017 Apr;26(2):271-281. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2016.12.012.

Multicultural Developmental Experiences: Implications for Resilience in Transitional Age Youth.

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Department of Psychology, School of Education, University of Michigan, 530 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043, USA. Electronic address:
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 296 Eberhart Building, Greensboro, NC 27412-5001, USA.


Transitional age youth were born into a world that is becomingly increasingly diverse. Youth who are ethnic or racial minorities encounter cultural stressors, including acculturative stress and discrimination that undermine their health and mental health. Decades of research demonstrate that cultural assets can serve as risk-reducing and resilience-enhancing mechanisms among minority and immigrant youth. Cultural assets include the development of a healthy ethnic-racial identity and maintenance of cultural values. Practitioners should assess for culturally relevant stressors and incorporate cultural assets such as ethnic-racial identity and cultural values to support the mental health of these youth.


Cultural assets; Cultural stressors; Discrimination; Ethnic identity; Ethnic minority; Racial identity; Racial minority

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