Latino Cultural Values in the United States: Understanding their Impact on Toddler Social and Emotional Development

By Ana M. Leon.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Cultural values reinforced by family systems are powerful influences that set the stage for how Latino toddlers in the United States, view the world, interact with others and ultimately develop as individuals. The increased attention on Infant Mental Health combined with the rapidly growing Latino population throughout the United States will require that helping professions understand the influence of culture on the social and emotional development of Latino children under the age of five. This paper provides an overview of Latino cultural values and highlights the various ways those values may influence social and emotional growth in Latino toddlers.

Keywords: Infant Mental Health, Hispanic/Latino Toddlers, Child Development, Infant Mental Health, Hispanic/Latino Cultural Values

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 12, pp.13-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.246MB).

Dr. Ana M. Leon

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA

For the past 31 years Dr. Leon has provided clinical services, training and consultations on children and families. She is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Central Florida, where she chairs the Practice Curriculum Sequence and teaches clinical and research courses. Her primary areas of training, teaching, clinical and research interests are in infant and child mental health, Latino children and families, and clinical documentation. Recently Dr. Leon developed an assessment tool (the CALF) for assessing areas of life functioning in various client systems. This assessment tool is currently used in various community based agency sites in Florida. She has also published in the areas of child mental health, family systems theory, assessment tools, Latina mothers, and the impact of migration, clinical documentation and psycho-pharmacology.


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