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Psychological Adjustment of Urban, Inner-City Ethnic Minority Adolescents


Taylor, Ronald D.; Seaton, Eleanor K.; & Rodriguez, Antoinette U. (2002). Psychological Adjustment of Urban, Inner-City Ethnic Minority Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 31(6, Suppl. 1), 280-7.


Urban, ethnic minority parents and children often face conditions and circumstances including economically distressed communities, crime, unemployment, and poor-quality schools that may be detrimental to their psychological and physical well-being. They also are more likely to experience problems with food or housing shortages and have less access to health care. The impact of the problems of cities and urban families extend well beyond cities’ boundaries and are problems that the nation must address. It is estimated that by 2020, 30% of the children in the United States will be ethnic minorities [1]. The failure to educate and socialize healthy youngsters who become healthy and productive adults will have ramifications for the nation’s competitiveness in global markets and the quality of life in the United States. Thus, an important starting point for the discussion of the psychological and physical well-being of urban inner city youngsters is the access of urban ethnic minority families to sufficient social and financial resources.


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Journal of Adolescent Health


Taylor, Ronald D.
Seaton, Eleanor K.
Rodriguez, Antoinette U.

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6, Suppl. 1



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