Latinas are now the largest minority group of girls in the country. Yet the research about this group is sparse, and there is a lack of information to guide studies, services or education for the rapidly growing Latino population across the U.S. The existing research has focused on stereotypical perceptions of Latinas as frequently dropping out of school, becoming teen mothers, or being involved with boyfriends in gangs.
Latina Girls brings together cutting edge research that challenges these stereotypes. At the same time, the volume offers solid data and suggestions for practical intervention for those who study and work to support this population. It highlights the challenges these young women face, as well as the ways in which they successfully negotiate those challenges. The volume includes research on Latinas and their relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners; academics; career goals; identity; lifelong satisfaction; and the ways in which they navigate across cultures and gender roles.
Latina Girls is the first book to pull together research on the overall strengths and strategies that characterize Latina adolescents' lives in the U.S. It will be of key interest and practical use to those who study and work with Latina youth.
"Denner and Guzman bring together research that counters with data revealing that young Latinas are successfully negotiating challenges they encounter." ~Hispanic Link Weekly Report
"Denner and Guzman offer a compilation that provides a wealth of practical examples for academics, researchers, and community members, breaking down dysfunctional stereotypes and opening doors to new visions." ~Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
"A groundbreaking volume of social science research that provides us with the missing presence of adolescent Latina girls in research on the family, institutional barriers, and support. A must read in Latina/o Studies!" ~Mary Romero,author of Maid in the USA
"Denner and Guzman create a text that is meant to challenge the social sciences and to create new avenues of study that are essentially, girls studiesfocused on Latina girls." ~Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Womens Studies Resources