Influence of Culture on Ethnic Identity Development, Acculturation, and Educational Ideals Among Latinos
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This literature review examines and analyzes identity theories and models from various researchers in the fields of psychosocial development as well as ethnic identity development. Acculturation as well as cultural values among Latinos are also discussed with regard to their influence on identification as well as educational implications in college or university settings. A background of Latino history within the United States in historical and cultural perspectives is also discussed in order to understand current social dynamics of Latinos as a whole within the country. Specific countries (i.e. Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico) and the circumstances of immigration or forced citizenship on behalf of the United States and their populations are surveyed.