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LaMarsh talk about culture and adjustment of Jamaican youth in US and Canada

Oct 24, 2012, 12pm-2pm

Gail M. Ferguson, a professor of human development and family studies in the Department of Human & Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present "Culture and Adjustment of Jamaican Youth in the United States: Implications for Jamaican families in Canada".

Ferguson is a Jamaican-born psychologist who researches the identity and well-being of Caribbean youth. A major aim of her research is to identify protective factors for the positive development of Caribbean youth and families across the diaspora. Her work has been published in leading regional and international journals including the Caribbean Journal of Psychology, Child Development, and the International Journal of Behavioral Development.

In her talk, Ferguson will share findings from her most recent research project, The Culture and Family Life Study, which investigated the culture and adjustment of Jamaican immigrant adolescents and parents living in the United States, compared with Jamaican families on the island and native- born American families in the USA.

On a personal note, Ferguson is no stranger to Canada; her parents and younger siblings are Jamaican migrants to Ottawa. In 2007, Ferguson was invited by the Ottawa television program “Caribbean Calendar” to deliver a seminar on youth well-being to the local Jamaican community, an event which was later broadcast.

RSVP your attendance to lamarsh@yorku.ca by Oct. 14.


Location:163 Behavioural Sciences Building
Sponsor:LaMarsh Centre for Child & Youth Research
Posted by:Irene N. Backhouse
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