“Living with these two cultures is great because then I have an advantage almost, because I feel I can get the best of both and just forget about the negative things. Whereas some people just take one or the other. I feel that I’m pretty smart in taking up both.”- Peruvian adolescent
Paul R Smokowski, MSW, Ph.D., Associate Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Martica Bacallao, MSSW, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“In my house, I consider myself completely Latina. When I’m with my friends, I’m Latina because they’re Latinos. When I’m with Americans, I totally change to American. And when I’m with both, I guess I’m bicultural!” – Colombian female adolescent
Entre Dos Mundos / Between Two Worlds is a prevention intervention model of bicultural skills training for Latino immigrant families experiencing acculturation stress. The program’s goal is to help Latino immigrant families negotiate between their culture of origin and U.S. culture. The program attempts to mediate the negative impact of parent-adolescent conflict and perceived discrimination by increasing familism and biculturalism in both Latino adolescents and their parents.
Entre Dos Mundos sessions meet one night a week for two and a half hours for eight weeks. At least one parent and one adolescent from six to eight families attend each session. Each session is devoted to a different intervention theme.
“Knowing things from both cultures puts me against some things that each culture does – because I know how things are done in the other culture.” – Mexican adolescent
This study was supported by a grant from the United States Centers for Disease Control’s National Injury Prevention Center (R49/CCR42172-02). We are very grateful for the CDC’s support.