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Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco

In this chapter, we explore the complex constellation of variables that shape the experiences of Latino/a immigrant-origin youth, serving to undermine or, conversely, bolster their adaptation to American society. These include the social context of reception (economic opportunities, immigration policies, and the social mirror), family capital (poverty, parental education, and whether or not they are documented), individual resources (their socio-emotional challenges and facility in acquiring a second language); and the kinds of schools and communities they encounter (school segregation, the language instruction they receive, and how well prepared their teachers are to provide services to them).