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Rural Ethnic Minority Youth and Families in the United States

Theory, Research, and Applications

  • Lisa J. Crockett
  • Gustavo Carlo

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Lisa J. Crockett, Gustavo Carlo, Chelsie Temmen
    Pages 1-12
  3. Gabriela L. Stein, Roberto G. Gonzales, Cynthia García Coll, Juan I. Prandoni
    Pages 37-56
  4. Marcela Raffaelli, Maria I. Iturbide, Mariela Fernandez
    Pages 89-108
  5. Carolyn E. Cutrona, Frederick D. Clavél, Melissa A. Johnson
    Pages 127-142
  6. Mary Bratsch-Hines, Claire Baker, Lynne Vernon-Feagans
    Pages 143-164
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 287-297

About this book


This book explores the risk and protective factors of rural life and minority status for youth and their families. It provides innovative perspectives on well-documented developmental challenges (e.g., poverty and lack of resources) as well as insights into the benefits of familial and cultural strengths. Coverage includes recent theories in child development, empirical studies of rural minority populations, and leading-edge interventions for urgent issues. The volume presents a spectrum of opportunities for understanding and providing services for youth in the United States through the lens of a diverse collection of ethnic minority experiences in rural settings.

Topics featured in this volume include:

  • Theoretical models focused on the intersection of ethnicity and rural settings.
  • Family processes, child care, and early schooling in rural minority families.
  • Promising strategies for conducting research with rural minority families.
  • Strengths-based educational interventions in rural settings.
  • Promoting supportive contexts for minority youth in low-resource rural communities.

Rural Ethnic Minority Youth and Families in the United States is a valuable resource for researchers and professors, clinicians and related professionals, and graduate students across such disciplines as clinical child, school, and developmental psychology, family studies, social work, and public health.


“Bringing together cutting-edge scholarship in this watershed publication, Crockett and Carlo provide a singularly important foundation for future research seeking to describe, explain, and optimize the strengths of these still relatively understudied youth.”

Richard M. Lerner
Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science
Director, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development
Tufts University

 “The authors integrate long-standing ideas about rural settings and contemporary knowledge about ethnic minority status to present a long overdue treatment of the development of ethnic minority youth in rural America. This volume sheds light on an understudied and neglected segment of the American population.”

Andrew J. Fuligni
University of California, Los Angeles


Adolescent development in the rural United States African American youth in rural American American Indian children and youth in rural American Asian American children in the United States Child development in rural America Culture and mental health in rural areas Ethnicity and rural youth in America Latino youth and families in rural America Low-income rural children and families in the United States Native American youth and families in rural settings PATHS Program and rural minority youth Poverty and ethnicity in rural America REAL Program and rural minority youth Racial minority group in rural areas Risk and resilience in rural ethnic youth Rural ethnic minority children and adolescents Rural ethnic minority families SEALS Program and rural minority youth Substance abuse in rural settings

Editors and affiliations

  • Lisa J. Crockett
    • 1
  • Gustavo Carlo
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Dept. of PsychologyLincolnUSA
  2. 2.University of Missouri, Dept. of Human Development & Family StudiesColumbiaUSA

About the editors

Lisa J. Crockett, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an expert on adolescent development, risk behavior, parenting and ethnic group differences. Her work on rural youth includes a 10-year longitudinal study extending from early adolescence to early adulthood and a study of the psychological, cultural and contextual factors that contribute to adjustment among Latino/a youth from rural and urban communities.  Her research has been funded by NIH and NSF and published in numerous journal articles and books. Her co-edited volumes include Negotiating Adolescence in Times of Social Change, Asian American Parenting and Parent-Adolescent Relationships and Health Disparities in Families and Youth: Research and Applications.

Gustavo Carlo, Ph.D., is the Millsap Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies, the Director of the Center for Family Policy and Research and the Co-Director of the Center for Children and Families Across Cultures, at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. He is an expert on child and adolescent development, cultural studies, parenting, and personality. His research on prosocial competencies in diverse children and families has been published in well over 100 peer-reviewed articles and he has co-edited several volumes (e.g., Handbook of U.S. Latino Psychology; Health Disparities in Youth and Families: Research and Applications; Moral Development Across the Life Span). NSF and NIH have funded Dr. Carlo’s research. He has also worked on education programs and evaluation focusing on Latino/a children and is currently PI or Co-PI on several programs focusing on early childhood education in low-SES families.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Rural Ethnic Minority Youth and Families in the United States
  • Book Subtitle Theory, Research, and Applications
  • Editors Lisa J. Crockett
    Gustavo Carlo
  • Series Title Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advs Responsible Adolescent Devel.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-20975-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37151-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-20976-0
  • Series ISSN 2195-089X
  • Series E-ISSN 2195-0903
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 297
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child and School Psychology
    Public Health
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