NOVEMBER 18, 2021




The Family as a Cultural Asset for Latinx Youth Development


This training will provide an overview of our current, state-of-the-art understanding of Latino youth development. Drawing upon a strengths-based, cultural assets perspective, you will learn some major risks and protective factors associated with Latinx youth well-being and health. Although the training presentation will focus on the family and parents as primary socializing influences, we will also briefly summarize other culture-related influences on Latinx youth development.


Participants will:

  • Identify personal and ecological Latinx assets.
  • Identify ecological and interpersonal Latinx risks.
  • Describe specific positive Latinx positive parenting practices.
  • Identify factors that can undermine positive Latinx youth development.


Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other family-serving organizations.


Presentation Deck (full-size slides)
Note-taking slides (3/page)


Study: Biculturalism has positive effect on Mexican-American youth , United Press International (UPI), February 10, 2016

Latinx youth’s helping behavior tied to cultural processes as well as parenting practices, EuekaAlert! American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), February 17, 2021 

Child Trends Interview with Dr. Gustavo Carlo, May 7, 2019 (25:08)

Job Aid: Latinx Cultural Assets for Positive Youth Outcomes

Gustavo Carlo, PhD

Director, Cultural Resiliency and Learning Center

School of Education, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Gustavo Carlo is a professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. His primary research interest focuses on understanding positive social development and health in culturally-diverse children and adolescents. He has published over 200 research papers and book chapters, and has edited over a dozen books on parenting, positive youth development, ethnicity and culture, health disparities, racism and discrimination, and moral development. Many of his projects focus on U.S. ethnic/racial groups, including Latino/a youth and families. He serves on several journal editorial boards including Child Development and Journal of Early Adolescence. Dr. Carlo has also received several awards for his research and mentorship. He currently serves as a member of the SRCD Governing Council, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Development, and Co-Editor of the upcoming APA Handbook of Adolescence and Young Adult Development.