Saturday, January 25, 2014

Study says English boosts young Hispanics' self-esteem

The results of this study make a lot of sense.    - - Donna Poisl


Young Latinos with a good command of English and who converse easily with non-Latinos improve their academic performance and raise their self-esteem, because these social skills allow them to access resources and information that promote their economic and social mobility, according to a recent studay.

"Cross-cultural Adaptation of Hispanic Youth: A Study of Communication Patterns, Functional Fitness, and Psychological Health," published online in the National Communication Association's journal, Communication Monographs, studies a sample of young Latinos from South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

Researchers led by Kelly McKay-Semmler, assistant professor of communication studies at the University of South Dakota, interviewed 112 young Hispanics and concluded that young people who are best able to communicate reap greater psychological and educational rewards.
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