Listening to “Why Are Young Latinas At Risk” opened up my eyes proving that there is some sort of stereotype still going on in American society. Latina girls are one of the fastest-growing groups in the country. It has been shown they are more likely to drop out of school and to use drugs. Also one in six young Hispanic women attempt suicide. Durkheim defines this as Egotistic Suicide occurs in a society where there is excessive individualism. Egoistic suicide is committed by people who are not strongly supported by membership in a cohesive social group. It has been proven that young Latina’s were more likely to commit suicide, have the highest birthrates, and also have the highest dropout rates. Young Latina’s usually first or second generation who are lacking identity with the parents traditions but don’t really feel American. This proves Durkheim’s theory of Egotistic Suicide because there is a lack of support within their social group.
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