Latino Prosocial Development in the Rural U.S.

  • Gustavo CarloEmail author
  • Madison Memmott-Elison
  • Lisa J. Crockett
Part of the National Symposium on Family Issues book series (NSFI, volume 10)


Recent decades have brought waves of Latino/a immigrants to rural regions of the USA. These new rural populations are at risk for maladjustment in the contexts of poverty, lack of culture-sensitive resources, relatively limited resources and capital, and sometimes intolerance and hostility. The present chapter examines the predictors and correlates of prosocial behaviors (i.e., actions that benefit others), focusing on rural U.S. Latino/a youth. Prosocial behaviors are deemed a strong marker of health and well-being and provide an avenue for strength-based and asset-based research. Traditional theories and research on prosocial behaviors are summarized here. A model of rural Latino/a youth prosocial development is presented, and recommendations for addressing gaps in research are articulated.


Latino/a rural youth Rural Latino/a prosocial behaviors Latino/a parenting practices Rural Latino/a immigrants Perspective taking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustavo Carlo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Madison Memmott-Elison
    • 1
  • Lisa J. Crockett
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.University of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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