Feedback from Latin American immigrant families and children on a children's book aimed to help Latin American children manage acculturative stress

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2017-04-11
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Wagner, Kevin
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Psychology
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Although bibliotherapy is an empirically-supported method to address various psychological issues (Riordan & Wilson, 1989), no published children's books exist that aim to help Latin American children manage acculturative stress. The author developed a prototype children’s book in Spanish and English that incorporates suggested mechanisms for coping with acculturative stress. As a preliminary step for future research, the present study’s goal was to receive feedback on the children’s book from a sample of Latin American immigrant families and children. First, the author read the book in Spanish and English to a sample of Latin American immigrant families and children. Then, the parents and children answered a set of questions in Spanish about the book. The questions asked if the children enjoyed the book, if reading such a book can help children adapt to new cultures, what the child learned from the book, suggestions to improve the book, and the age of the child. After revising the book with the feedback from this study and with insights from the literature on child acculturation, future research will test if such a children’s book can help children manage acculturative stress

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