Developing a children's book to help Latin American immigrant children overcome and become more resistant to acculturative stressors

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2016-04-01
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Wagner, Kevin
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I explored the empirical literature on overcoming acculturative stressors as a Latin American child. I conducted a critical review on the literature on what a Latin American child could do to overcome acculturative stressors. I also explored the literature on what parents, teachers, and other caregivers can do to help children overcome acculturative stressors. Next, I explored the children’s books that have been developed to address acculturative stressors in Latin American children. Since acculturative stressors in Latin American children is a very specific topic, I also explored the children’s books that aim to facilitate the immigration process for immigrant children in general. Then, I addressed the gaps that the children's books have not addressed in regards to overcoming acculturative stressors as a Latin American immigrant child. Lastly, thanks to my knowledge from conducting the critical review, exploring children’s books, and taking the course HD FS 240: Literature for Children, I developed a children’s book in Spanish and English that aims to help Latin American immigrant children overcome acculturative stressors. The story’s text incorporates findings from the literature on what a Latin American child could do to overcome acculturative stressors.

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